Tuesday, March 13, 2001

In the Tank

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In the Tank

Shedding light on decor
Simple improvements, such as lighting, can make a home fit the needs of its residents.

Shedding light on decor
Simple improvements, such as lighting, can make a home fit the needs of its residents.

On the Move

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Briefly

Business Profile

Around Town

Obituary

Around Town

Obituaries

Around Town

Around Town

Obituary

Obituaries

Athletes return to cheering crowd
John Magalotti of Juneau was pretty excited when he snowboarded across the finish line at the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games and claimed a gold medal. But the victory won't go down as his favorite memory.

Correction

Swingley running toward 4th victory
UNALAKLEET - Montana musher Doug Swingley added to his strong lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race today and, barring disaster, appeared poised for his fourth victory.

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

Swingley running toward 4th victory
UNALAKLEET - Montana musher Doug Swingley added to his strong lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race today and, barring disaster, appeared poised for his fourth victory.

Panel wants meetings opened
A citizen-dominated ethics committee on Monday recommended opening some now-closed legislative meetings.

Lawmakers lean toward small hike in alcohol tax
Leaders of the state House are working behind the scenes on a possible alcohol tax increase.

Bill would reduce flow into permanent fund
A legislative panel moved toward a long-range fiscal plan for state government this morning, but even members said it was only a baby step.

Soto faces 45 years for crimes
Rey Joel Soto has been sentenced to serve 45 years in prison for killing Kenneth Thomas and for his role in the robbery and beating of Alfred Torres Sr. 15 months ago outside a mobile home near Willoughby Avenue.

Seavey falls out of top 10 to 49th place in Iditarod
GRAYLING - The long and difficult stretch of trail up the Yukon River has been the downfall of many a dog team.

Antiques event includes appraisals
Lisa Peterson shares a cautionary tale she can't get out of her mind: An elderly couple was befriended by a clever antiques dealer, who bought a photo from them for $100. The dealer then resold it for $3,000.

Doug Swingley holds wide lead in Iditarod
UNALAKLEET - The Iditarod's only five-time champion can't figure out how race leader Doug Swingley can run his dogs with so little rest.

All six Juneau athletes win Special Olympics awards
ANCHORAGE - Cross-country skier Sarah Maas of Anchorage joined Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer in extinguishing the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on Sunday night, officially ending the 2001 World Winter Games Alaska.

Traffic plan draws critics
A controversial state proposal to ease congestion on Egan Drive by diverting cars to Glacier Avenue didn't find any champions at City Hall Monday night.

Antiques event includes appraisals
Lisa Peterson shares a cautionary tale she can't get out of her mind: An elderly couple was befriended by a clever antiques dealer, who bought a photo from them for $100. The dealer then resold it for $3,000.

Briefly

Ideas for weaving with abandon
Marcia Stier's workshop audiences might be characterized as groups of eager weavers.

Legislature 2001: Senate panel adds cash to push opening ANWR
State Senate budget-writers want to spend another $350,000 for promotion of oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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

Athletes return to cheering crowd
John Magalotti of Juneau was pretty excited when he snowboarded across the finish line at the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games and claimed a gold medal. But the victory won't go down as his favorite memory.

All six Juneau athletes win Special Olympics awards
ANCHORAGE - Cross-country skier Sarah Maas of Anchorage joined Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer in extinguishing the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on Sunday night, officially ending the 2001 World Winter Games Alaska.

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

Ideas for weaving with abandon
Marcia Stier's workshop audiences might be characterized as groups of eager weavers.

Legislature 2001: Senate panel adds cash to push opening ANWR
State Senate budget-writers want to spend another $350,000 for promotion of oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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

Briefly

Soto faces 45 years for crimes
Rey Joel Soto has been sentenced to serve 45 years in prison for killing Kenneth Thomas and for his role in the robbery and beating of Alfred Torres Sr. 15 months ago outside a mobile home near Willoughby Avenue.

Seavey falls out of top 10 to 49th place in Iditarod
GRAYLING - The long and difficult stretch of trail up the Yukon River has been the downfall of many a dog team.

Correction

Doug Swingley holds wide lead in Iditarod
UNALAKLEET - The Iditarod's only five-time champion can't figure out how race leader Doug Swingley can run his dogs with so little rest.

Traffic plan draws critics
A controversial state proposal to ease congestion on Egan Drive by diverting cars to Glacier Avenue didn't find any champions at City Hall Monday night.

Panel wants meetings opened
A citizen-dominated ethics committee on Monday recommended opening some now-closed legislative meetings.

Bill would reduce flow into permanent fund
A legislative panel moved toward a long-range fiscal plan for state government this morning, but even members said it was only a baby step.

Lawmakers lean toward small hike in alcohol tax
Leaders of the state House are working behind the scenes on a possible alcohol tax increase.

Word of Mouth
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.

Torch Run gratitude
On March 1 it was my privilege to bring 25 law enforcement officers from around the world to Juneau for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. These officers ran from the Juneau Airport to the Capitol where they were received by some of the legislators and a commendation was presented to them that had been passed by the House and the Senate.

Bike path terror
Last Thursday began as a beautiful morning by Juneau standards. It wasn't raining and you could make out the glow of the near full moon behind the clouds. My dogs and I were taking our usual 4 a.m. walk on the bike path, relaxing and enjoying the solitude. Suddenly, I saw a set of headlights come careening down the bike path toward us at a high rate of speed. Words cannot express the intense fear I experienced as I shined my flashlight toward the car and ran for my life. I could have reached out and touched the white full-sized station wagon as it sped by, oblivious to the havoc and painful aftermath they left in their path.

Word of Mouth
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.

Avoid simplistic solution
In Peace and Quiet Coalition representative Kim Metcalfe's My Turn column, she is enthusiastic about moving helicopter operations to the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. This would "remove flightseeing noise from the residential areas." Her conclusion is wrong, as half of Juneau's population lives in the valley between Egan Drive and the Mendenhall Glacier. What occurs in the recreation does affect us.

Test of the year
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Senate Democrats who supported campaign finance reform when they knew it had no chance continue to flinch now that its prospects are more serious.

Torch Run gratitude
On March 1 it was my privilege to bring 25 law enforcement officers from around the world to Juneau for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. These officers ran from the Juneau Airport to the Capitol where they were received by some of the legislators and a commendation was presented to them that had been passed by the House and the Senate.

Tranquilize, move Democrats
Perhaps the Mayor's Ad-hoc Bear Committee can get the Department of Fish and Game to tranquilize the amazing Kim Metcalfe-Helmar and her fellow downtown Democrats and relocate them to a different environment. I suggest moving them to ANWR.

O'Neill's stock holdings
The following editorial appeared in Sunday's Washington Post: When a Treasury secretary happens also to be wealthy, as is often the case, it's hard to know what to do about conflict of interest. There is almost no way such an official can avoid taking positions that have a bearing on his financial self-interest. Current Secretary Paul O'Neill acquired about $100 million worth of Alcoa Inc. stock and stock options in the years he ran the company.

Come teach us about logging
This is to the logger who recently contributed to Word of Mouth about teachers. I would like to invite you to come and join us in our first-second grade classroom. Not to prove that my job is hard or that yours is easy. I'd like to share our class and school with you in the spirit of cooperation instead of confrontation.

O'Neill's stock holdings
The following editorial appeared in Sunday's Washington Post: When a Treasury secretary happens also to be wealthy, as is often the case, it's hard to know what to do about conflict of interest. There is almost no way such an official can avoid taking positions that have a bearing on his financial self-interest. Current Secretary Paul O'Neill acquired about $100 million worth of Alcoa Inc. stock and stock options in the years he ran the company.

Be fair to seniors
CBJ Assembly members, working through elected and hired CBJ officials, are once more, seriously attempting to reduce benefits currently awarded to senior citizens.

Buyer beware, use common sense
I just wanted to warn the good citizens of Juneau. It appears that we have a very real and very dangerous presence among us. One that threatens to rip open the very fabric that holds our tight-knit community together. An evil so sinister that it almost caused me to call Word of Mouth! This evil comes disguised in the form of unscrupulous real estate agents!

Avoid simplistic solution
In Peace and Quiet Coalition representative Kim Metcalfe's My Turn column, she is enthusiastic about moving helicopter operations to the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. This would "remove flightseeing noise from the residential areas." Her conclusion is wrong, as half of Juneau's population lives in the valley between Egan Drive and the Mendenhall Glacier. What occurs in the recreation does affect us.

False sense of security
I am writing this reply to a letter printed in the Empire on March 2, which was written by a concerned citizen about the drug ecstasy. The message sent out a false sense of security to our young people and surprisingly the Empire printed it.

Buyer beware, use common sense
I just wanted to warn the good citizens of Juneau. It appears that we have a very real and very dangerous presence among us. One that threatens to rip open the very fabric that holds our tight-knit community together. An evil so sinister that it almost caused me to call Word of Mouth! This evil comes disguised in the form of unscrupulous real estate agents!

We care the most
I found Kim Metcalfe's column in Sunday's paper fascinating. I am intrigued by the plan she and her friends in the Peace and Quiet Coalition have requested the city Assembly adopt immediately. I also would like to put forward a modest proposal to the assembly and urge its immediate adoption into law. Some of my friends and I have been getting together and we feel that we have come up with an excellent strategy to solve a distressing problem in our community.

Word of Mouth
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.

No mere teen prank
The following editorial appeared in Friday's Anchorage Daily News: Some people in Anchorage have the mistaken impression that the recent paint ball attack was just an especially odious teen prank, not a crime specifically aimed at Alaska Natives. "Maybe the teens were really picking on poor people," suggested one recent commentator.

Test of the year
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Senate Democrats who supported campaign finance reform when they knew it had no chance continue to flinch now that its prospects are more serious.

Word of Mouth
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.

Tranquilize, move Democrats
Perhaps the Mayor's Ad-hoc Bear Committee can get the Department of Fish and Game to tranquilize the amazing Kim Metcalfe-Helmar and her fellow downtown Democrats and relocate them to a different environment. I suggest moving them to ANWR.

We care the most
I found Kim Metcalfe's column in Sunday's paper fascinating. I am intrigued by the plan she and her friends in the Peace and Quiet Coalition have requested the city Assembly adopt immediately. I also would like to put forward a modest proposal to the assembly and urge its immediate adoption into law. Some of my friends and I have been getting together and we feel that we have come up with an excellent strategy to solve a distressing problem in our community.

Come teach us about logging
This is to the logger who recently contributed to Word of Mouth about teachers. I would like to invite you to come and join us in our first-second grade classroom. Not to prove that my job is hard or that yours is easy. I'd like to share our class and school with you in the spirit of cooperation instead of confrontation.

Waiting at the gate for Hugh's calls
Hugh Malone became a part of our family after my chocolate Labrador retriever, Kowee, became his friend. Hardly a day went by when Hugh was in Juneau that he didn't drive to our home to pick up Kowee and take her with his own dog, Gussey, to have an adventure.

Be fair to seniors
CBJ Assembly members, working through elected and hired CBJ officials, are once more, seriously attempting to reduce benefits currently awarded to senior citizens.

Waiting at the gate for Hugh's calls
Hugh Malone became a part of our family after my chocolate Labrador retriever, Kowee, became his friend. Hardly a day went by when Hugh was in Juneau that he didn't drive to our home to pick up Kowee and take her with his own dog, Gussey, to have an adventure.

No mere teen prank
The following editorial appeared in Friday's Anchorage Daily News: Some people in Anchorage have the mistaken impression that the recent paint ball attack was just an especially odious teen prank, not a crime specifically aimed at Alaska Natives. "Maybe the teens were really picking on poor people," suggested one recent commentator.

Bike path terror
Last Thursday began as a beautiful morning by Juneau standards. It wasn't raining and you could make out the glow of the near full moon behind the clouds. My dogs and I were taking our usual 4 a.m. walk on the bike path, relaxing and enjoying the solitude. Suddenly, I saw a set of headlights come careening down the bike path toward us at a high rate of speed. Words cannot express the intense fear I experienced as I shined my flashlight toward the car and ran for my life. I could have reached out and touched the white full-sized station wagon as it sped by, oblivious to the havoc and painful aftermath they left in their path.

False sense of security
I am writing this reply to a letter printed in the Empire on March 2, which was written by a concerned citizen about the drug ecstasy. The message sent out a false sense of security to our young people and surprisingly the Empire printed it.

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