Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Alaskan sales up
The Alaskan Brewing Company sold 87,900 barrels of beer in 2003, a 14 percent increase in sales from 2004, the company announced in February.

On the move
McDowell Group recently promoted Bob Koenitzer to Survey Manager. His responsibilities include designing and fielding McDowell Group's telephone, mail, and personal intercept surveys.

Remove your name from school petition
While some folks sponsoring the current initiative to halt the project are concerned about costs, I suspect that others see the initiative as another opportunity to keep Juneau a one-high school town with dominant sports teams. I hope we don't go down that road again.

Listen to students about hours, new school
The whole idea of changing the time school starts should stop now. I have been around when kids vote whether or not the school board should or should not change the starting time for JDHS. Only one kid both times voted yes, change the times. Is that really what everyone wants, though?

Racists need to take off blinders
I hear about the racism issue at JDHS and all I can say is I feel sorry for the ignorant children. Part of it is they don't understand.

Public smoking limits choice
Are there really people out there that believe that this ban is all about not letting people have fun?

Eaglecrest's no burden
As one of the 110 employees of Eaglecrest I thought it wise to respond to the writer of the recent editorial about "Mt. Albatross."

Constitution should protect freedoms, not restrict them
A response to Mr. Baxter's letter to the editor on Feb. 19th (Constitution Shouldn't Exclude Anyone):

Pick safest alternative for Kensington mine
If the Kensington Mine is such a great idea for the people of Juneau, why has the Forest Service refused to allow a public meeting in Juneau allowing all our questions to be answered?

Funnel money into ferries
In 1996, 442 Canadians signed a petition opposing a road on the east side of Lynn Canal from Juneau to Skagway. In the fall of 1997, 955 people signed another petition opposing a road on the east side of Lynn Canal from Juneau to Skagway. Altogether, about 1,397 people have signed these two petitions opposing a road on the east side of Lynn Canal from Juneau to Skagway.

Taking a stand
Jane Hartle, 12, tries to nudge her dog, Tofu, out of the middle of C Street as her 9-year-old brother, Harry, catches up with them Sunday afternoon.

Students drawn to Native art class
Neiko Christopher See looked at the paddle he was sanding in Kathleen Wiest's art class at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. He was holding an unfinished smaller version of a Tlingit canoe paddle, and wondered what the next step would be.

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

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, a comment was attributed to the wrong person in a story Monday about Tenakee Springs residents' frustration over the lack of progress in the investigation of Maggie Wigen's murder.

On his way up
Thirteen-year-old Travis Lies, an eighth-grader at Floyd Dryden Middle School, scales rock-climbing equipment after school let out Monday.

Around Town
Today: Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's Restaurant. Public invited. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

Snowy row
Ron Flint sculls out of Aurora Basin and into Gastineau Channel on Saturday morning, as snow flurries begin to fall.

Sergeant-at-arms moonlights with her flashing fists
When Jamiann Stevens showed up to work in the Alaska Senate chambers with a black eye about a year ago, no one thought it that unusual.

Bill would allow fishermen multiple permits per season
Allowing salmon fishermen to harvest in multiple state-managed fisheries could help them diversify, though some fear it would hurt them by increasing competition.

City deals with Totem Creek over golf leasing
The city is in talks with Totem Creek Inc. to lease land for an 18-hole golf course in North Douglas and sell additional acreage for housing units, city Lands and Resources Manager Steve Gilbertson said.

JDHS wins Alaska ocean sciences competition
Five Juneau-Douglas High School students won the Alaska regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl with research about the Kensington Mine and good heads for oceanography facts. That and cramming at 5 in the morning.

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

Term limits trigger divide
Juneau Assembly members who don't want an ordinance limiting terms on boards and commissions offered compromises Monday but couldn't break a deadlock over the issue.

Kmart, ex-employees sued by second man
A second man has filed suit against Kmart and three former employees, saying he suffered injuries after their negligence led to an altercation two years ago in front of the now-closed Juneau store.

It's a guy thing
Jason Lindahl, 4, scarfs peanuts as his sister, Megan Sheets, 9, and Callie Conerton, 11, prepare the rest of their picnic Sunday at Cope Park.

Leap year baby
Suzanne Baker holds her and husband Mark's new daughter, Kyrin Elizabeth Baker, who was born at 11:46 am at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Leap Year day.

Pelican seafood plant lays off workers
Pelican Seafoods has laid off employees and will be operating this season on a "downsized scale," according to Duff Mitchell, chief operating officer of Kake Tribal Corp., which owns the processor.

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

Everette Noel Davis
Former Juneau resident Everette Noel Davis, 59, died Jan. 22, 2004, at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del.

Alaska editorial: Board of Game bill smells like politics
This editorial appeared in Friday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Lawmakers ought to write a tax code that's fair to workers
Regarding the proposal of a state income tax vs. permanent fund earnings to fund state government: The issues are more complex than we are led to believe, and I think most Alaskans realize that, judging from what seems to be a groundswell of opinion in support of an income tax.

My Turn: Government is inconsistent regarding toxins in tobacco
The more this smoking issue goes on, the more irritated I get because I find the inconsistencies the government places on tobacco completely irresponsible.

Sports in Juneau
• Juneau Skating Club ice dancing workshop - "The Canasta Tango," a beginning level set pattern ice dance, is the focus of this one-hour session at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, at Treadwell Arena. The cost is $12.50 for this class. Skaters can register at the arena. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or Randy Rice,

Sports in Juneau
Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls junior varsity basketball - The Crimson Bears girls and boys JV teams take on the Hoonah varsity teams. Game times are 5:30 p.m. girls and 7 p.m. boys each night at the JDHS main gym.

Hinrich bests James, Bulls defeat Cavs
CHICAGO - The rookie threw down an authoritative dunk, drawing cheers from Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers fans alike. No, not THAT rookie. The other one.

Building a tradition
Hockey officially came of age in Juneau when the first herring skidded across the ice.

Yukon Quest Past Winner
Past winners of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000-mile plus event that goes from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in even years and from Whitehorse to Fairbanks in odd years.

Walton leads AWG soccer team to win
JUNEAU EMPIRE: Juneau's Kayla Walton scored a goal as the Team Alaska juvenile female indoor soccer team won its opening game Sunday, the first day of competition at the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Making his mark
VIERA, Fla. - He fields a grounder smoothly, transfers the ball to his throwing hand and makes the throw without visible effort.

Scores
Juneau Gun Club Trap Shooting League; Juneau Parks and Rec. Volleyball Team

Alaska spikers are perfect in opening contests at AWG
Big hitters from Juneau spiked the Alaska men's volleyball squad to a 2-0 start Monday on its first day of play at the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Focused on scoring
Janelle Quimpo of the Juneau junior varsity, left, drives to the basket against Hoonah's Sharlee Fanning during the fourth quarter of Monday's game at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Bill makes priority of fish, game taken for eating
State Sen. Ralph Seekins wants to give Alaskans who harvest fish and game for the dinner table first shot when there's a conflict over how to allocate resources.

Correspondence schools scolded for reimbursements
ANCHORAGE - Education Commissioner Roger Sampson is cracking down on Alaska correspondence schools that reimburse families for questionable activities, including trips to a water park, ski lessons and horseback riding instruction.

Alaska Digest
ANCHORAGE - The Inupiat Eskimo village of Point Lay must prove its heritage as a subsistence whaling community before it can have a bowhead whale quota, the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission has decided.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1917, George Grigsby took office as the first Attorney General of the Territory of Alaska.

Governor out of town 232 days in 2003
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Frank Murkowski spent 232 days outside of Juneau on state business last year, at more than double the cost in state-paid travel compared with his predecessor the previous year, according to a state travel report.

Tenakee looks for justice
TENAKEE SPRINGS - Maggie Wigen's neighbors haven't forgotten the 19-year-old woman who was murdered here 11 months ago. They don't want the Alaska justice system to forget either.

Spruce bark beetle infestation makes Kenai Peninsula forests vulnerable to fire
HOMER - If it's vegetable matter, it can ignite, and in that regard, fire has always threatened the Kenai Peninsula spruce forest and the communities built in and around it.

Zoo ponders future of Maggie the elephant
ANCHORAGE - One day, the "Free Maggie" movement will probably go away. The only question is whether Maggie will too, possibly to a better life.

Legislation would hike spending for K-12 students
The Senate Health, Education and Social Services Committee approved three bills on Monday to increase per-student spending in Alaska K-12 schools.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1906, Wilford B. Hoggatt took office as governor of the territory of Alaska, appointed by President Teddy Roosevelt.

Northwest Digest
staff and Wire reports

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