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Monday, March 5, 2001

Around Town

Around Town

Competitions grew up in a Kennedy backyard
The Special Olympics is one of many lasting legacies of the Kennedy family.

Golden Efforts
Local Special Olympics coordinator Mary Gore says the disabled athletes she works with ski better than she does. "They are much more daredevil and they remind me of it when I am tumbling head-over-heels downhill at Eaglecrest," Gore said. " 'When are you going to learn to ski?' they yell at me. They bowl better than I do, too."

Competitions grew up in a Kennedy backyard
The Special Olympics is one of many lasting legacies of the Kennedy family.

Golden Efforts
Local Special Olympics coordinator Mary Gore says the disabled athletes she works with ski better than she does. "They are much more daredevil and they remind me of it when I am tumbling head-over-heels downhill at Eaglecrest," Gore said. " 'When are you going to learn to ski?' they yell at me. They bowl better than I do, too."

Fishermen fight farmed fish imports
A group of commercial fishermen is leaning on the federal government to restrict imports of farmed salmon from Chile into the United States.

Committee seeks to be referee on reg disputes
Rep. Lesil McGuire says she's making "a conservative attempt" to resolve a balance of powers issue that has been controversial in Alaska for more than a quarter of a century.

Special Olympics World Winter Games launched with opening ceremonies
ANCHORAGE - Under a fanfare of trumpets and the gaze of celebrities, family members and spectators, more than 2,400 athletes and coaches marched into Anchorage's Sullivan Arena on Sunday night for opening ceremonies of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Obituaries

Correction

Two-collar family ministers to Juneau flocks
Two roads diverged and Rob and Caroline Bruschi took the one less traveled - they both became priests in the Episcopal Church.

Committee seeks to be referee on reg disputes
Rep. Lesil McGuire says she's making "a conservative attempt" to resolve a balance of powers issue that has been controversial in Alaska for more than a quarter of a century.

Lawmakers, UAF weigh contracts
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is under legislative scrutiny as officials consider using the "best value" bidding process for construction contracts.

Fishermen fight farmed fish imports
A group of commercial fishermen is leaning on the federal government to restrict imports of farmed salmon from Chile into the United States.

Designer creates special gown for Alaska brides
Although he's won design awards and will be featured in a national bridal magazine this summer, Antonio Fermin wants Juneau brides to know he's accessible.

Special Olympics World Winter Games launched with opening ceremonies
ANCHORAGE - Under a fanfare of trumpets and the gaze of celebrities, family members and spectators, more than 2,400 athletes and coaches marched into Anchorage's Sullivan Arena on Sunday night for opening ceremonies of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Briefly
Weather affects motorized trail use

Official supports predator control to restore moose
State Fish and Game Commissioner Frank Rue said Friday he will support lethal wolf control in a limited area of prime moose habitat near McGrath and four other Interior Alaska villages -- if the Board of Game also halts hunting there until a threatened moose population rebounds.

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Iditarod's 'little athletes' fascinate local veterinarian
About 30 veterinarians donate time as trail docs for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Juneau's Elizabeth Wolfe has been one of the pack since 1994.

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

Ditch trail, snowslide center garner grants
Recent grants mean the Treadwell Ditch Trail will be improved, the Ernest Gruening State Historical Park will gain interpretive signs and the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center will be better equipped for classes and emergencies.

Correction

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

Douglas Indian factions continue to wrangle
The Douglas Indian Association may hold a new election to establish who is in charge. Bureau of Indian Affairs officials say they support another election.

Iditarod's 'little athletes' fascinate local veterinarian
About 30 veterinarians donate time as trail docs for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Juneau's Elizabeth Wolfe has been one of the pack since 1994.

Official supports predator control to restore moose
State Fish and Game Commissioner Frank Rue said Friday he will support lethal wolf control in a limited area of prime moose habitat near McGrath and four other Interior Alaska villages -- if the Board of Game also halts hunting there until a threatened moose population rebounds.

Ditch trail, snowslide center garner grants
Recent grants mean the Treadwell Ditch Trail will be improved, the Ernest Gruening State Historical Park will gain interpretive signs and the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center will be better equipped for classes and emergencies.

Briefly
Weather affects motorized trail use

Douglas Indian factions continue to wrangle
The Douglas Indian Association may hold a new election to establish who is in charge. Bureau of Indian Affairs officials say they support another election.

Around Town
Today

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

Lawmakers, UAF weigh contracts
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is under legislative scrutiny as officials consider using the "best value" bidding process for construction contracts.

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

Obituaries

Two-collar family ministers to Juneau flocks
Two roads diverged and Rob and Caroline Bruschi took the one less traveled - they both became priests in the Episcopal Church.

Designer creates special gown for Alaska brides
Although he's won design awards and will be featured in a national bridal magazine this summer, Antonio Fermin wants Juneau brides to know he's accessible.

Letter: Seniors' input counts
The CBJ Finance Committee meeting Wednesday was revealing. The Mayor's Task Force Report on Fiscal Policy indicated that the cost of seniors' tax exemption "is excessive given the fiscal stress that CBJ is facing." What a ludicrous statement!

In the end, home is where the socks are
Do you ever see people at the airport in winter coming home in beachwear and tans? You wonder if they're secretly freezing to death as you secretly hope it's true. That never crossed my mind last week as my husband I arrived in beachwear and tans.

Letter: Seniors' input counts
The CBJ Finance Committee meeting Wednesday was revealing. The Mayor's Task Force Report on Fiscal Policy indicated that the cost of seniors' tax exemption "is excessive given the fiscal stress that CBJ is facing." What a ludicrous statement!

Word of Mouth
Changes in the works: Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. - Editor

Salvage the discussion
Considered on merit, the phasing out of some of the sales tax exemption for senior citizens is worthy of public discussion and, depending on the discussion, possibly worthy of passage.

Assembly's lack of knowledge
The headline on the front page of the Empire on Feb. 27 stated: "Tee Harbor lodge wins 2nd chance before city."

Word of Mouth
Today's column is the last in which callers will be anonymous. Beginning immediately, callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted. Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. -- Editor

Woefully out of context
Last Wednesday night the Assembly Finance Committee met to deliberate issues concerning local tax revenues as recommended by Mayor Egan's Task Force on Fiscal Policy. While I spoke for nearly

Letter: Consider the facts about seniors
Before the Juneau Assembly decides to modify or remove the senior citizen sales tax exemption they should consider some facts.

Bush death-tax plan has merit
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on March 2: President Bush has proposed a phase-out of the estate tax over 10 years, a controversial measure that has been attacked by Democrats as nothing more than a revenue giveaway that would benefit only the rich.

Now the boredom, later comes the madness
Stop me if you've heard this one. The Republican majority in the Legislature, and most Democrats, favor drilling for oil in the Arctic.

Word of Mouth
Changes in the works: Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. - Editor

Letter: Consider the facts about seniors
Before the Juneau Assembly decides to modify or remove the senior citizen sales tax exemption they should consider some facts.

Assembly's lack of knowledge
The headline on the front page of the Empire on Feb. 27 stated: "Tee Harbor lodge wins 2nd chance before city."

In the end, home is where the socks are
Do you ever see people at the airport in winter coming home in beachwear and tans? You wonder if they're secretly freezing to death as you secretly hope it's true. That never crossed my mind last week as my husband I arrived in beachwear and tans.

Woefully out of context
Last Wednesday night the Assembly Finance Committee met to deliberate issues concerning local tax revenues as recommended by Mayor Egan's Task Force on Fiscal Policy. While I spoke for nearly

Elevating the conversation
Beginning Monday, the Juneau Empire will institute a change in policy in qualifying comments to be published in Word of Mouth.

Bush death-tax plan has merit
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on March 2: President Bush has proposed a phase-out of the estate tax over 10 years, a controversial measure that has been attacked by Democrats as nothing more than a revenue giveaway that would benefit only the rich.

Salvage the discussion
Considered on merit, the phasing out of some of the sales tax exemption for senior citizens is worthy of public discussion and, depending on the discussion, possibly worthy of passage.

Elevating the conversation
Beginning Monday, the Juneau Empire will institute a change in policy in qualifying comments to be published in Word of Mouth.

Word of Mouth
Today's column is the last in which callers will be anonymous. Beginning immediately, callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted. Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. -- Editor

Now the boredom, later comes the madness
Stop me if you've heard this one. The Republican majority in the Legislature, and most Democrats, favor drilling for oil in the Arctic.

Crimson Bear boys clinch top seed on Ayers 3-pointer
Joe Ayers hit a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to play Friday night, leading the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team to a 51-50 victory over the Sitka Wolves at Sitka High School.

Crimson Bear boys clinch top seed on Ayers 3-pointer
Joe Ayers hit a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to play Friday night, leading the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team to a 51-50 victory over the Sitka Wolves at Sitka High School.

Americans don't have a captive audience
With a cynical laugh, Alaskan competitor Jeremy Teela explained why his sport, biathlon, isn't more popular in the United States.

Sports in Juneau

Americans don't have a captive audience
With a cynical laugh, Alaskan competitor Jeremy Teela explained why his sport, biathlon, isn't more popular in the United States.

King leads mushers into Finger Lake
ANCHORAGE -- Jeff King of Denali Park was the first musher through the tent checkpoint of Finger Lake today as leaders in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began their long climb toward Rainy Pass.

Iditarod mushers given big send-off
Dogs strained at their leads and howled with anticipation as mushers competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race took to the trail Saturday.

Duke bedevils North Carolina without Boozer
Missing their inside presence, the Duke Blue Devils stayed outside and made ACC history.

Bear girls close out home schedule with two victories
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team celebrated senior night by trouncing Sitka 56-33 Saturday night at the JDHS main gymnasium in an emotional game for both team members and fans.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

King leads mushers into Finger Lake
ANCHORAGE -- Jeff King of Denali Park was the first musher through the tent checkpoint of Finger Lake today as leaders in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began their long climb toward Rainy Pass.

Bear girls close out home schedule with two victories
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team celebrated senior night by trouncing Sitka 56-33 Saturday night at the JDHS main gymnasium in an emotional game for both team members and fans.

Duke bedevils North Carolina without Boozer
Missing their inside presence, the Duke Blue Devils stayed outside and made ACC history.

Alborn sets US distance mark: 210 meters
OBERSTDORF, Germany -- Alan Alborn of

Iditarod mushers given big send-off
Dogs strained at their leads and howled with anticipation as mushers competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race took to the trail Saturday.

Sports in Juneau

Alborn sets US distance mark: 210 meters
OBERSTDORF, Germany -- Alan Alborn of

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