Saturday, March 2, 2002

See you in court
I am writing this letter to add my comments to the previous letters detailing the questionable practices by the state of Alaska and the state unions, ASEA, GGU, Local 71.

Don't fix - or move - what's not broken
I hear all sorts of dumb reasons for moving the legislative session, but here are just a couple of questions I'd like to have answered:

Moore gets more than most out of student life
"Life is only as good as what you make of it," says Juneau-Douglas High School senior Sarah Moore. And in sheer diversity and scope of activities, few Juneau students have made more out of life than Moore. Computer whiz, science-fair champion, senior producer of "Bear Tracks" - Moore has a hand in most aspects of classes, activities and day-to-day life at the high school. She's even taking auto shop this semester for the fun of it.

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

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

Corrections
Due to a reporting error, the date for the Frank Solivan II concert was incorrectly listed in the "This Week" events calendar. Solivan will perform at 7:30 tonight at Northern Light United Church.

Local Briefs
City public works director to retire; Fairbanks Police find suspected meth lab

FYI
Births

Juneau woman endures 1st 'Survivor' show
America watched a Juneau woman battle rough seas, hot sun and her own stomach on the first episode of the reality TV series "Survivor: Marquesas," which aired Thursday night on CBS. Juneau-born Sarah Jones, 24, vied for the chance to be the sole survivor among 16 demographically diverse castaways on a deserted South Pacific island. She lives in Newport Beach, Calif., and is an account manager for a clothing company and a free-lance photographer.

Haight, Ireland wed
Mandy Ireland and Glenn Haight, both of Juneau, were married in a private ceremony on Feb. 11, 2002 at Amalga Harbor in Juneau.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Juneau federal employees to be honored
Five Juneau Federal employees will be honored at the 29th annual Juneau Federal Employee of the Year luncheon on Wednesday, March 6 in the Treadwell Room at the Westmark Baranof Hotel. Each year the Juneau Federal Executive Association sponsors a luncheon to honor the Juneau Federal Employee of the year. Employees are nominated by their supervisor which is then forwarded to a citizen selection committee.

Spirituality helps maintain sobriety, prevent addiction
By failing to take advantage of the power of spirituality in the prevention and treatment of chemical addictions, our mental health system is less effective than it might be.

Rennick, Fletcher to marry
Juneau resident Nathan Fletcher and Christine Rennick of Vernon, B.C., will be married March 16, 2002, in Moscow, Idaho.

Neighbors Briefs
Fishermen's Fund council to meet; Local veterinarian on Iditarod medical team; Teen health fair set for March 7; Scholarships available for conference

Plans underway for annual Relay For Life
Summer may officially be a few months away, but that hasn't stopped area volunteers from making plans for the first American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Juneau.

Juneau Community Charter School student Connor Chaney competes in Storytelling Olympics
Bonnie Chaney arranged a little surprise for her son Connor, 10. "The first words I heard out of her mouth were, 'You're going to California!' " Connor said. Without telling her son, Bonnie had submitted a videotape of Connor's reciting "The Cremation of Sam McGee" to the National Youth Storytelling Olympics, and Connor had been chosen out of several hundred entrants as one of 12 national finalists. "I didn't even know I was entered in this one," Connor said.

Mary M. Jackson
Juneau resident Mary M. Jackson, 73, died Jan. 30, 2002.

Elaine Hakkila Wurster
Former Juneau resident Elaine Hakkila Wurster, 53, died Feb. 28, 2002, in Tonto Verde, Ariz., after a long battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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.

My Turn: Golf course process has been open
The opponents of the proposed golf course apparently are willing to go to any lengths in foisting their opposition to the project on the rest of us. These now seem to include misstatements of fact, half-truths, and character assassination. The My Turn column by Cindy Lagoudakis is the most recent example.

Swingley set to defend Iditarod title
ANCHORAGE -- Defending champion Doug Swingley is confident and matter of fact without sounding boastful when he talks about his chances for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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

Last Roughhouse Fridays before Southeast Showdown
Area roughhouse boxers have one last chance to prove themselves before April's Southeast Showdown at tonight's Roughhouse Fridays event at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Boxing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Finding their range
John Hill took a breath, slid an arrow into the notch on his bow, drew back the string and aimed at a target across the Floyd Dryden Middle School gym. Hill slowly exhaled, then released the string. The arrow took flight across the room, then smacked into one of the 20 targets lined up at various distances across the room. "Zing!" ... "Thwack!"

Virginia upsets No. 3 Duke, 87-84
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Keith Jenifer, of all people, helped Virginia put some hope back into a quickly disintegrating season. In a game the Cavaliers had to have, they overcame a 12-point deficit with seven minutes and beat No. 3 Duke 87-84 Thursday night, despite a career-high 33 points and 10 rebounds from Duke center Carlos Boozer of Juneau.

One legislative-move sponsor active in politics
As chairman of the Alaskan Independence Party, Mark Chryson is the most politically active sponsor of the initiative to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. And he has his party's blessing to push the measure. "That's part of the AIP platform is to move the capital," Chryson said.

State Briefs
Boo the dog saves owner; Loyal dog guides searchers; Knowles picks judges; Bishop Hurley has surgery

Feds: New education bill offers Alaska flexibility
New federal education rules will be flexible to meet Alaska's unique schooling needs, a high-ranking federal official told state legislators and administrators during her visit to Juneau this week.

Sealaska plant to shut down
Alaska Native-owned TriQuest-Puget Plastics in Vancouver, Wash., says it will halt production in April and close in June. Tri-Quest is owned by Sealaska, the Juneau-based regional Native corporation for Southeast, and Arctic Slope Regional Corp., the northern Alaska regional Native corporation headquartered in Barrow.

Caucus marches on toward taxes
Members of the bipartisan Fiscal Policy Caucus remained resolute about a long-range budget-balancing plan this morning despite a new public opinion poll showing a majority of Alaskans opposing most broad-based taxes or use of permanent fund earnings.

Session move backer wants access
One of the sponsors of a ballot initiative to move legislative sessions from Juneau to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough won't say much about his life. Robert Monson of Anchorage refused to reveal much about himself in telephone and e-mail interviews conducted in recent months. But like initiative spokesman Uwe Kalenka and cosponsors Mark Chryson and James Nelson, Monson said a move to the Mat-Su would increase accessibility.

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