Monday, March 8, 2004

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

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.

Eaglecrest is a bargain to taxpayers
Mary Grove obviously has no idea how very, very important Eaglecrest Ski Area is to many people in Juneau. Let's not focus on how much of a profit Eaglecrest is able to provide the city and be more concerned with what kind of service it provides the taxpayers.

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.

Keep up your howling and tourism boycott
Every now and then very wise decisions at a high level have unintended consequences. Personally, I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, but the recent lift of the aerial predator control ban has had this good fortune. It seems that there is now a boycott of Alaska tourism and Alaska-made products by the knee-jerk animal-rights crowd.

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.

Offer healthier foods at school
I was just reading Mary Noble's article on how we Juneau-Douglas High School students don't get the right amount of healthy foods at the high school. Corn dogs, pizza and burritos all for under $2 when a little salad costs more. It's ridiculous to see fattening foods being stuffed into high school students.

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.

Legislative workers help downtown
I am a legislative aide from Anchorage. The city and borough of Juneau allocates on-street parking passes to legislative offices. My friend and I used one of these passes and parked his car a few blocks from the Capitol. As we got out of the car a Juneau resident approached us. She reprimanded us for parking in the business area of town - even though we had a pass to do so.

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.

Address racism in school and in the home
I really appreciate Mr. Paddock's informational comment he made regarding racism. This has been an ongoing issue in our schools and I believe that it starts at home because that's where values are learned from.

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.

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.

Dogs aren't the problem on trails
I find this whole issue of whining over doggie droppings ridiculous. When my dog and I go walking I take two plastic bags and a pair of rubber gloves. This isn't just for her deposits. The walkers and lazy folks who use the trails are the real derelicts.

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.

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

Juneau's new baby pythons may be herpetological first
It's too cold outside for snakes to live in Alaska, but the weather is fine in Richard Culver's attic. He's been there off and on for 53 days, fussing over 19 green tree python eggs and hoping to become the first to successfully breed them in the state. On Saturday the wait ended, as the young pythons hatched.

Channel skull find rekindles discussion of local legend
Regardless of whether anyone really saw a giant squid pull George Tonsgard beneath the Gastineau Channel waves nearly a half century ago, some people now see him in pieces of skull found this winter on the muddy seabed.

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.

Photo: End of the road
Channel Construction's Bill Tonsgard Jr. walks away from a heap of junked cars as John Knull rolls an old tire away during a city-sponsored junk car roundup Saturday. Residents were able to dispose of junked cars on Friday and Saturday for a $75 fee.

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.

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

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.

Christ movie draws crowds
Ten minutes after the conclusion of Thursday night's showing of "The Passion of the Christ" at Glacier Cinemas, homeschooling mother Janice Salsman was still sobbing. Her daughter, Rebecca, was unable to speak. And her son, Jesse, was praising the film as "the most amazing thing I have seen."

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

Juneau Color: Juneau pastor goes 'from grace to law to grace'
As he makes the rounds at the Lenten luncheon Thursdays at McPhetres Hall during the Christian season of Lent, Tom Dahl fits the role of a spiritual leader to a tee.

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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Art by Juneau students ranges from cut glass to textiles
It isn't easy to solder together a glass box, or cut certain shapes out of glass, but two Juneau students learned that the hard way can pay off.

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.

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.

My Turn: Timber industry hasn't been honest about decline
At last, the courts have seen through the lies and deception of the Alaska Pulp Corporation (APC), ignored the crocodile tears of mill executives, and exposed the operation for what it was. After APC's Sitka mill shut down in 1993, the Japanese-owned company blamed conservation measures and sued the U.S. government for $8.7 billion, the value of the trees it never logged.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Juneau Gun Club Trap Shooting League
Results from Week Seven of the Juneau Gun Club's trap shooting league.

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Kicking on the court
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team form a chorus line on the court prior to the start of Saturday's Senior Night game against Ketchikan.

Race to Nome begins
Rookies and veterans alike got serious Sunday with the restart in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, where some mushers chase the prize money and others the dream of finishing the longest sled dog race in the world.

Golfers gather in Arizona for Alaskan Open 2004 tourney
More than 100 golfers participated in the Juneau Golf Club's Alaskan Open 2004 last week at the Francisco Grande Resort in Casa Grande, Ariz.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

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.

Biologists study mystery of Bering Sea jellyfish's ups and downs
They're brainless predators that can grow to the size of basketballs, pulsing on the currents of the eastern Bering Sea. At the height of spring growth, they can become a net-clogging nightmare for fishermen, an armada of translucent globes with 19-foot tentacles and an appetite for fish eggs, plankton and tiny pollock.

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.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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