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Friday, February 27, 2004

Legislators should heed Conference of Alaskans
It is very interesting, distressing, and disappointing to see that our elected legislators cannot manage to accomplish in the 17 years I have been a resident of Alaska and Juneau what the Conference of Alaskans recently accomplished in just three days.

Anti-Native taunting at JDHS isn't cute
I just heard about the racial issues going on in the Juneau-Douglas High School. All I have to say is wow, I can't believe that type of thing is still going on, especially in Juneau.

Mine proposal creates jobs, meets standards
Friends in Alaska, I have recently read a disturbing piece that was distributed by the Mineral Policy Center, an anti-mining group who has most recently teamed up with SEACC to issue a position paper which contains numerous inaccuracies. I would like to set the record straight.

Hold public hearing about Berners Bay
The U.S. Forest Service, as good stewards of public lands, should be straight with the people of Juneau and hold a public hearing in regard to the proposed development alternatives in Berners Bay.

Consider alternatives before rejecting plans
I am responding to the recent letter to the editor from Andrea Doll concerning the new Waterfront Plan. Ms. Doll calls Mr. Madsen's four hotel buildings near the bridge "ugly" and "eyesores."

Keep Taku, toss Murkowski
The other day I rode the M/V Taku from Petersburg to Juneau. I asked crew members, "what was wrong with the ship that the state was removing it from service?"

Educators must stop racial harassment
As the older brother to a freshman sister at Juneau-Douglas High School, I am deeply concerned and distraught at the negative racial issues that have taken place over the past couple months at this educational institution.

Smoking ban is self-righteous
Imagine this scene on a bad night at a Juneau restaurant: A new prep cook doesn't know how to work the coffee machine. He overloads it and soon it explodes enough hot coffee to fill Lake Michigan into the dining area.

Economics killed mills, not environmentalists
The Tongass timber industry's mantra that environmentalists caused the death of the pulp mills rings hollow in light of the recent decision of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Around Town
Today: Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club weekly meeting, 7 a.m., The Prospector Hotel. Details: 789-4354

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

Woman continues search for husband in Auke Bay
Adrienne Reynolds said she knows her husband is under the waters of Auke Bay.

Dog day afternoon
Nina Jahnke holds up her dog, Rio, so it can have a sniff of 9-month-old Alain Soltys-Gray, while the three stroll with Soltys-Gray's babysitter Thursday on 12th Street.

Unloading gear
After unloading his Tanner crab gear, Capt. Kendall Folkert ties up the Cobra on Wednesday at the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay, before heading to Sitka to longline for halibut.

Corrections
An Associated Press story that appeared in Thursday's Empire erroneously reported that a bill eliminating union protection for some state employees applies to supervisors and confidential employees.

Juneau man gets 2 ½ years for sexual abuse of a minor
A Juneau man who pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor was sentenced Thursday in Superior Court to 2 ½ years in prison.

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

High school students ask their teachers not to ignore racism
Native students at Juneau-Douglas High School, sharing their sometimes tearful stories, have asked the faculty to confront racism.

Egan Drive upset
The driver of a Toyota 4Runner, far left, watches with Sgt. David Campbell, Capt. Blain Hatch and Capt. Bob Kolvig as a tow truck prepares to upright the vehicle, which skidded out of the northbound lane of Egan Drive near Vanderbilt Hill Road Thursday morning. No one was injured in the rollover.

Artist forced to surrender art because he used eagle feathers
What Juneau artist Mark Horn considered a spiritual expression, federal authorities considered a possible crime.

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

Dock in the making
Smart Construction owner Bill Smart stands watching as, clockwise, Ned Hamlin, Shawn Anna and Will Singer tie a finger float to the new dock in Douglas Harbor on Thursday. The city expects to finish the new dock by June.

Offerings at new school stir debate
A meeting intended to help plan academic programs and after-school activities at the proposed second high school instead raised questions about the practicality of splitting the staff and students between two high schools.

Doing the downtown shuffle: Hi Tec electronics store moving up the street
A store Juneau residents know more for its random mix of electronics and leather clothing than for its name is cleaning house and moving out.

City hikes moorage rates, drops new maintenance fee
The Docks and Harbors Board dropped a new $100 annual maintenance fee, but passed other new moorage rate increases after boat owners voiced opposition at a public hearing Thursday.

Dog day afternoon
Nina Jahnke holds up her dog, Rio, so it can have a sniff of 9-month-old Alain Soltys-Gray, while the three stroll with Soltys-Gray's babysitter Thursday on 12th Street.

Thank you
... for generous donation: SAGA is thrilled to thank and acknowledge ConocoPhillips for its $10,000 donation to help fund the Young Alaskans Building Affordable Housing (YABAH) program in Juneau.

Newman and Nichols to wed
Kim Nichols and Aaron Newman are engaged and plan an April 26, 2004, wedding in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Neighbors Digest
staff reports

Bringing down the house
Courtesy of Southeast Alaska Building Industry AssociationA playhouse is disassembled after the Southeast Alaska

Student recognitions
Lorenz, Vick nominated for Military Academy

King and queen of the weekender
Courtesy of Mary CapobiancoStudents from Floyd Dryden Middle School raised $1,212 for the Glory Hole by supporting their "king and queen of the weekender" candidates.

Tongass employee earns award
The Forest Service Alaska Region recently recognized an employee from the Tongass National Forest's Hoonah Ranger District for his accomplishments and contributions to civil rights.

Rude and Kingsland to marry
Charles and Marian Kingsland of Hoonah would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Kingsland, to John Rude, son of David and Mary Rude of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The wedding is planned for June 19, 2004.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital: • On February 18, 2004, a son, Nicolai John Myskowski, weighing 6 pounds 14 ounces to Terri Myskowski and Christopher Myskowski.

Alma Pearson Meier
Former Juneau resident Alma Pearson Meier, 83, died Feb. 19, 2004, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Sam 'Specks' Paul
Lifelong Juneau resident Sam "Specks" Paul, 87, died Feb. 23, 2004, in Juneau.

Howard Robinson
Juneau resident Howard C. "Robbie" Robinson, 94, died Feb. 19, 2004, at Wildflower Court.

Bartlett's predictions come true
When the 55 "elected" delegates met in Fairbanks to frame Alaska's constitution, they predicted that someday outside interests would hold sway over Alaska's elected officials and resources. In anticipation, they built protective barriers into our constitution

Alaska Editorial: There's one UA tradition that should end
It has become tradition for the president of the University of Alaska to turn his annual state of the university talk before the Legislature into a pitch for enough money to get by. That's a tradition that needs to end.

By way of introduction
Friends down south urged me not to make this a weekly travelogue of the Alaska boy come home from the city. The notion also struck me as self-indulgent, and I assured them I'd be good.

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.

Nine more mushers finish Yukon Quest
Dog teams continued to cross the finish line in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, one day after Hans Gatt became the first musher to win three titles in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Alaska Sportswriters High School 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
UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 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.

Seniors gear up for last hurrah
t will be an emotional weekend for the four Juneau-Douglas High School seniors on the boys basketball team. The senior Crimson Bears - guard Alex Heumann, center Adam Nelson, forward David Jones and guard Rob Carte - will be playing their last home games at the JDHS main gym when Juneau hosts the Sitka Wolves at 8 tonight and Saturday.

Gatt savors a record run
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory - After winning his record third straight Yukon Quest sled dog race, Hans Gatt says he probably won't be back next year.

Heading to the Games
Tristan Knutson-Lombardo enjoyed his stripped-down Arctic Winter Games experience two years ago so much he's going again so he can get the full effect.

Rockets get best of Yao-LeBron rivarly
HOUSTON - The future is bright for the rivalry between LeBron James and Yao Ming, the two most recent No. 1 draft picks. It just didn't add up to much of a compelling game Wednesday night.

Juneau girls hit the road for two Region V-4A games in Sitka
The Region V-Class 4A regular-season title will be on the line this weekend as the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team travels to Sitka for a pair of games.

Study says jails incarcerate Alaska Natives the longest
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Natives spend more time in jail than other ethnic groups, according to a statewide study by the Alaska Judicial Council.

Resources committee backs beef labeling resolution
Meat eaters at the grocery store will soon be able to tell what country their beef is from under a federal law set to take effect in 2006, but Legislators wary of mad cow disease say that's not soon enough.

Third straight victory
Hans Gatt, the 2004 Yukon Quest champion, speaks to the media after crossing the finish line in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • 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.

Lincoln announces she won't run for re-election
State Sen. Georgianna Lincoln, a Democrat from Rampart who represents the largest Senate district in the United States, announced Wednesday that she will not seek re-election in November.

Should Alaska cities receive dividends too?
A portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund would be used to help cities hit hard by state budget cuts under a proposal approved by a House committee on Thursday.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1899, the Arctic Brotherhood was organized in Skagway with the motto, "No Boundary Here."

Plane crash kills pilot after takeoff from base
ANCHORAGE - An Air Force pilot died on a night training mission when his A-10 jet aircraft crashed after takeoff from Eielson Air Force Base outside Fairbanks.

State could raise fines for skiing violations
Skiing in a closed area could cost an Eaglecrest devotee $150 if a new bill passes the Legislature this session.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

MidAmerican: Negotiations could be done in March
One of the groups that has proposed building a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48 estimates a draft contract will be forwarded to the Legislature before the end of this session.

Expert: Juneau better off with new capitol
Juneau would be better off with a new capitol instead of trying to renovate the existing building, an expert told the Capitol Planning Committee Wednesday.

what's happening
Happening events in Juneau

O'Malley keeps her small town authenticity
If I were still living on North Douglas Highway, I wouldn't even be thinking about the fact that my old Christmas tree is still on the back deck. In Juneau, you always put your old Christmas tree on the back deck, and then, eventually, when things thaw out, you throw it in a ditch somewhere or put it behind the house, saying you will cut it up for firewood.

ANB hosts Native rap star Litefoot
Litefoot, a Cherokee and Chichimeca Indian rap artist and motion picture star, will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the ANB Hall during the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority's 3rd UNITY youth conference, Feb. 26-28.

Jazz pianist returns for 'A Winter Cabaret'
Fairbanks jazz pianist Barney McClure has hosted week-long jazz cabaret workshops all across the country, twice in Juneau in conjunction with Juneau Jazz & Classics. But he has no idea what to expect as he prepares to return to town for the festival's six-day winter cabaret, Sunday, Feb. 29-Friday, March 5.

The Swamp
Cartoon by Toe

From the Jitterbug to the Rope Hustle
Think about the old black-and-white reels you've seen of early lindy-hoppers in 1920s Harlem - arms dislocated, knees to the chin, comically overeager - flailing as if sped through the camera by a projectionist late for an appointment.

A place of gathering, a place of bundling
Sunday afternoon is out there, somewhere, trying to poke through the mid-February mist, and Juneau artist Diane Baxter is at one of her favorite places.

movies where & when
Movie listings

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