Sunday, March 7, 2004

Review: Filling in the gaps on 'the backside of America': atlas features old maps and stories
Some early maps left much to the imagination - labeling unexplored areas with off-putting, baseless warnings such as "here be monsters" or inserting nonexistent islands.

In the Stacks: Shakespeare's 'complete' works on DVD
What's new at the Juneau public libraries.

Recommendations on how to model racial tolerance
Recent events at Juneau-Douglas High School highlight long-standing problems in our schools with racism and other forms of prejudice and discrimination based on minority status, religion and sexual orientation.

Secret ferry talks appear conspiratorial
According to the Juneau Empire, DOT Deputy Commissioner Tom Briggs made a recommendation on the proposed move of various AMHS personnel from Juneau to Ketchikan last week. It is interesting that discussions and preliminary decisions in the matter of this move have taken place, in secret.

University funding crucial for state workers
Once again our Legislature has found a way to underfund the university system. I find it hard to believe that the university is constantly underfunded. In order to nuture relationships and train our future leaders we need to adequately fund the University of Alaska.

Juneau harbor changes are wrong
Regarding the comments in, "There's something amiss at docks department," Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004: According to the report Juneau Visitor Industry, April 1996, by Sheinberg Associates/McDowell Group, page 15, "Juneau's harbor system is burdened with some of the highest operating costs in Alaska.

There's no right to self-injury
Just a note about Tony Pope's statement in his letter to the editor on March 3, "You have a 'right' to injure yourself. You do not have a 'right' to injure me." That is not accurate.

Housing not needed for golf course financing
Thank you for the story about the ongoing negotiations between Totem Creek Inc. and the City and Borough of Juneau concerning the proposed 18-hole public golf course on the west side of Douglas Island. An error in an otherwise balanced and accurate article might give your readers the misimpression that we, Totem Creek Inc., found that we could not finance this project without housing as part of the plan. This is not at all the case.

Juneau student scientists compete at SE science fair
A product aimed at nonpartisan politicians might not have much of a market, Andrew Pendleton realizes. But making sales isn't why he wrote a computer program that objectively draws electoral districts.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: Good dog
Rosanne Konrad praises her dog, Freya, as United Kennel Club judge Cindy Leung looks on Saturday during UKC licensed obedience trials at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

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

City faces labor, abuse complaints
The Juneau Assembly is expected to vote on an ordinance Monday night that revamps personnel and other policies within the Docks and Harbors Department after the city was slapped with three recent unfair-labor-practice charges and one abuse complaint, City Manager Rod Swope said Friday.

Times are getting lean for nonprofits in Juneau
Juneau's nonprofit social service organizations are growing as needy as their clients because of what agency directors call a proliferation of competing services in a lean time for funding.

Photo: Filipino-American elections
From right, Dominga Ferrer, Jocelyn Yadao, Fely Elizarde and Esper Beezley watch the crowd during the Filipino-American Association of Juneau induction of officers and board of directors Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Sonar search locates body in Auke Bay
Juneau police brought the body of Charles "Charlie" Jacobs ashore Saturday after a volunteer sonar search led by a man from Idaho located him at the bottom of Auke Bay.

Edwin James Brummeler
Juneau Pioneers' Home resident Edwin James Brummeler, 84, died Feb. 20, 2004, after a short illness.

AMHS plan should be dealt with openly
The theory around this capital city is that Gov. Frank Murkowski is backing a plan to move the Alaska Marine Highway System headquarters from Juneau to Ketchikan as sweet revenge against a town he's always considered too green. How true that is we don't know, considering how little information the state Department of Transportation is releasing on the proposed export of about 40 jobs out of Juneau.

Publisher takes one for the team
On Thursday evening I had but three bucks in my pocket, but I gladly gave them up. I did it for the cause; I took one for the team, as it were. I gladly parted with the buckskins for two reasons: Doing so was for a good cause, that being financial support for the Glacier Swim Club (GSC), the other being some first-rate charm and salesmanship on the part of Alex Reishus-O'Brien, a 12-year-old middle-schooler and club member.

My Turn: Coeur committed to building Kensington
In early 2000 Coeur Alaska, Inc. submitted an amended plan of operations to the U.S. Forest Service designated to improve operations, safety and economics of the Kensington gold mine, and to maintain the highest level of environmental performance. Recently, you have heard many pros and cons about the mine, as a result of the EIS currently underway. Here are the facts.

Students learn the fine art of wilderness outfitting from expert
Twelve students huddled up in Smoke Elser's 100-year-old stone barn to learn the fine art of wilderness outfitting. Among the topics for the Sunday afternoon session: How to care for latigo leathers, the beauty of fencing pliers and how to stay on the right side of mule.

Snow report
Snow conditions on local trails.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

Southeast Wild: Window reflections a major hazard to birds
March. No longer winter. Not quite spring. One day beckoning us outdoors; the next day unceremoniously slamming the door on our longing for the season yet to come. With winter rains still streaking windows, it's a good time to take a clear look at an unwitting hazard to the many migrant birds soon heading our way.

Winter Web links
Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski area Web sites.

Tubing hill at Eaglecrest Ski Area attracts all ages
Whether an experienced snowboarder or a novice skier, there's one hill at Eaglecrest Ski Area that has the ability to attract them all, no matter the age. The Tubing Hill at Eaglecrest offers yet another snow activity for the local winter warriors looking for some outdoor fun.

Kings topple Bears
Ketchikan gave the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team an unwelcome history lesson over the weekend, as the host Kings swept the Crimson Bears in a series for the first time since the 1988-89 season.

Record field hits trail in Iditarod
Sled dog racing fans crowded downtown Anchorage to get autographs and photos of their favorite mushers competing in the 2004 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday.

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starting list
Here are the starting positions for the mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that holds its ceremonial Saturday in Anchorage, with the restart Sunday in Willow.

UAF claims Governor's Cup
With a goal from forward Ryan Lang in the post-game shootout Saturday night, the University of Alaska Fairbanks defeated the University of Alaska Anchorage to win the shootout 3-2, the game 6-4 and keep the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup for the third straight year. UAA won 5-3 on Friday.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Cavs transformed into playoff contender
The Cleveland Cavaliers have completed their transformation from worst team in the league to playoff contender. The Cavaliers out-shot and out-hustled the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night, putting them in a three-way tie with Boston and Miami for the seventh playoff spot in the East.

Southeast athletes mine gold at AWG
Juneau athletes experienced a gold rush - with plenty of silver and bronze, too - on Saturday, the final day of competition at the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Carly Craig became the second Juneau girl to win a gold ulu in snowshoeing - leading a 1-2-3 Southeast finish in the girls' 7.5-kilometer race - while a number of Juneau athletes on volleyball and indoor soccer squads won team gold ulus.

Juneau girls sweep
Before the start of Saturday's game, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team paid a surprise tribute to the pep band, dance team and cheer squad seniors with a self-choreographed dance routine on the court. The Crimson Bears kept on dancing the rest of the night, pirouetting past the Ketchikan Kings 61-32 to close out the five Juneau basketball seniors' home careers on a winning note and complete a Region V-Class 4A series sweep.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Legislative roundup
Action taken in the Alaska Legislature.

NASA asks Yukon developer for ice-core drill
Yukon technology could be headed to Mars. NASA has contracted Erik Blake of Whitehorse's Icefield Instruments Inc. to design an ice core drill to be tested in May and, perhaps eventually on Mars, if Houston finds no problems.

Bill requires restaurants to identify farmed salmon
A proposed law that would require restaurants to disclose on their menus whether the salmon they serve is wild or farmed wouldn't be a hardship for Hangar on the Wharf, because the restaurant serves wild salmon exclusively.

Education spending bill stumbles on Senate floor
Minority Democrats in the Senate sparred with the GOP majority Friday over a plan to increase education spending by millions in return for a key budget-balancing vote.

Helping salmon gets trickier in Oregon
As penance for their late beloved salmon, residents of the Pacific Northwest have taken about $1 billion out of their pockets in the past decade and flushed it down the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Rising oil prices again poised to sidetrack state's fiscal fix
In political terms, the timing is lousy. Like governors before him, Gov. Frank Murkowski is trying to muster public support to finally end Alaska's chronic budget shortfalls. Higher-than-anticipated oil prices have bedeviled earlier attempts to balance state spending.

Man sentenced in 23-year-old killing
A man arrested after police tricked him into giving a DNA sample has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for killing a 13-year-old girl more than two decades ago.

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