Saturday, March 13, 2004

Time to go dig it all
Except for a few forward thinking legislators (most notably, those supporting Resolution 32), almost no one in the Alaskan government is using the word "digital." The upside is that we are free to use it however we want.

Frustrated with move
I am writing to express my frustration with the proposed Alaska Marine Highway System move to Ward Cove and the lack of open discussion surrounding the proposal. The direct and indirect impacts on the employees, their families and the community they live in are much more far-reaching than simply moving the 43 jobs.

Drugs tests not fair, necessary
As is my habit, to improve my station in life, I was perusing the Juneau Empire help wanted adds. I noticed that Tlingit & Haida had a position open for a janitor. They required drug testing. I discounted applying for the job because, as previously and publicly stated, though I am entirely illegal-drug free, I refuse to pull my pants down for employment.

Don't exploit 9-11 losses
Our country lost thousands of innocent people in the 9-11 attacks. After these tragic attacks, President Bush reassured us that he had no ambition whatsoever to use (the war on terror or 9/11) as a political issue. However, recently the president's re-election campaign unveiled offensive TV campaign advertisements which in part use the events of 9/11.

Don't issue cow moose permits
I would like to question the decision of the Fish & Game to allow 100 cow moose permits in the Gustavus area. This will mean a certain end to a very viable moose population. My guess is that the Park Service has influenced our Fish & Game to come up with this excessive number of permits because the Park Service does not want to have to deal with hunters.

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

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

Author of sailing book to return to Juneau to speak
Former Juneau resident Migael Scherer will visit Juneau and Sitka this week and reconnect with the land and the sailboat race that are the subject of her most recent book, "Back Under Sail: Recovering the Spirit of Adventure."

Correction
Due to a reporting error, the dates for "Heidi" were incorrect in Thursday's edition of This Week. The performance will play at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 12-13, at Northern Light United Church. Tickets are $5.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal matters.

Education to be part of plan to fight racism
The Juneau School Board wants education to be part of the discipline when students racially harass other students. The board, meeting Thursday in a work session at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, began reviewing the district's plan to combat racism in the schools.

Photo: Willoughby Avenue, circa 1940
Workmen can be seen dumping mine tailings in the center right of this view of the Indian village from Calhoun Avenue, circa 1940.

Workers cited for midnight pounding
The "boom, boom, boom" that woke many Juneau residents and earned workers a disturbing-the-peace ticket early Thursday was "a screw-up," said the head of the company contracting the work.

Forest Service, SEACC to hold Couverden info sessions
Unhappy with the U.S. Forest Service's decision to hold an informational meeting instead of a public hearing on the Couverden timber sale next week, local environmentalists are holding their own meeting at the same time.

One nasty word is one too many
May I offer a different perspective. Let me begin by saying that I detest racial bigotry in the school system or any place else. One nasty word is one too many.

... for helping William C. Thomas, Stella Soboleff
Ed and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who rallied to support the medical fund-raiser for William C. Thomas and Stella Soboleff that was held on Feb. 28 at the Tlingit & Haida Community Center in Juneau.

Doggy Do's: Advocacy group: A controlled, well-behaved dog is a good dog
First, whether you own dogs or not, we'd like to introduce you to The Grateful Dogs of Juneau, an advocacy group for dog owners and walkers who use Juneau's public trails and parks in a responsible manner.

Students reap awards at science fair
The 2004 Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair was held Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, at the Marie Drake gym. The fair's major sponsors were: Alaska Airlines, British Petroleum, Coeur Alaska Inc., Conoco Philips, Juneau School District, Leighty Foundation, Murray & Associates PC, and Wells Fargo Foundation.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

Late-night pile driving is noisy, rude, dumb
O.K. Now I can say I live here, I'm partly of here, I commiserate with the old-timers and I know what is sacrificed in the name of tourism. I survived the naval bombardment of Juneau.

Mount Edgecumbe girls give coach present
Mount Edgecumbe junior Ellie Jackson played in the shadow of star post Ella Morris on last year's girls basketball squad, which reached the Class 3A state tourney. With Morris gone to graduation, Jackson stepped up this season and led the Braves to another state berth by scoring 22 points in Thursday's 49-33 win over Metlakatla in the Region V-Class 3A semifinals at Mount Edgecumbe's B.J. McGillis Gymnasium.

Iditarod all in the family for mushing brothers
Dick Mackey has a challenge for any man bold enough to try to break his Iditarod record. "If anybody wants to beat it, some young buck is going to have to breed up five sons," says Mackey, an Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner who snatched victory from five-time winner Rick Swenson by one second in 1978.

Ketchikan girls hold off pesky Sitka
When things looked bleak Thursday, several Ketchikan junior girls basketball players provided some senior-style leadership. Tori Edwardson and Katie Geldaker played key roles as the Kings rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to beat the Sitka Wolves 51-44 in a rough-and-tumble Region V-Class 4A semifinal at Mount Edgecumbe High School.

JRC-The Alaska Club Wells Fargo Spring Racquetball and Tennis Tournament
Results from the Wells Fargo Spring Racquetball and Tennis Tournament held March 3-7 at the Mendenhall Valley location of JRC-The Alaska Club.

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.

King presses on while other leaders rest
Martin Buser ate beef stew over rice Thursday, while giving his dog team a long rest and entertaining friends with a story of a strange occurrence on the Iditarod trail.

Juneau Ski Club Don Abel Slalom
Results from the Juneau Ski Club's Don Abel Slalom event held Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Ketchikan boys use better half to beat Wolves
The Sitka and Ketchikan boys basketball squads played a half-and-half game on Thursday. After the Wolves slowed the game down in the first half, the Kings' offensive came out on fire in the second to give Ketchikan a 49-31 win on Thursday in the Region V-Class 4A boys semifinal at B.J. McGillis Gymnasium, on the campus of Mount Edgecumbe High School.

Scenes from the Region V tournament
Photos from this week's games.

Juneau Gun Club Trap Shooting League
Standings after the eighth week of the Juneau Gun Club's Trap Shooting League.

Metlakatla makes it in
The heralded Metlakatla boys started their region tourney with a slam. Chris Bryant scored 22 points - including a breakaway dunk to key a run in the second quarter - to lead the Chiefs over the Petersburg Vikings 63-50 on Thursday in the semifinals of the Region V-Class 3A boys tourney at Mount Edgecumbe's B.J. McGillis Gymnasium.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

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

Sea lion grabs Alaska fisherman off boat in King Cove
A 19-year-old fisherman is recovering from an encounter with a sea lion that leaped out of the water, grabbed him as he worked on his grandfather's docked boat and pulled him into the harbor at King Cove.

Murkowski explains plan to move jobs
Gov. Frank Murkowski told Juneau Chamber of Commerce members Thursday that he has always supported Juneau and he'll continue to do so, despite his decision to move the Alaska Marine Highway System headquarters to Ketchikan.

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