Thursday, March 15, 2001

Obituaries

Weddings

Pet of the Week

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Obituaries

Pet of the Week

Coast Guard makes gift of computers to Juneau schools
The Coast Guard has donated 20 computer monitors to the Juneau School District with hopes of enhancing the school's access to technology.

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Around Town

Coast Guard makes gift of computers to Juneau schools
The Coast Guard has donated 20 computer monitors to the Juneau School District with hopes of enhancing the school's access to technology.

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Arts groups converge for spring gala
Leonard Bernstein will meet William Shakespeare at Juneau-Douglas High School Sunday afternoon.

Juneau youth choir heads to international festival in B.C.
Singing, conducting, dancing, scolding and praising her 37 exuberant teen-age singers, Alaska Youth Choir director Missouri Smyth didn't waste a second of rehearsal time Tuesday afternoon.

Juneau youth choir heads to international festival in B.C.
Singing, conducting, dancing, scolding and praising her 37 exuberant teen-age singers, Alaska Youth Choir director Missouri Smyth didn't waste a second of rehearsal time Tuesday afternoon.

Palace Theatre to shut down
The curtain closes this week on the Palace Theatre. The theater space is too run-down to continue renting, said Lloyd Johnson, vice president of the First National Bank of Anchorage, which owns the building.

Palace Theatre to shut down
The curtain closes this week on the Palace Theatre. The theater space is too run-down to continue renting, said Lloyd Johnson, vice president of the First National Bank of Anchorage, which owns the building.

Arts groups converge for spring gala
Leonard Bernstein will meet William Shakespeare at Juneau-Douglas High School Sunday afternoon.

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Longtime Juneau mayor bids farewell
Larry Parker was involved in a lot of fireworks during his 55 years in Juneau. Some were for celebrations. Some were political.

Swingley finishes first again
NOME - Doug Swingley won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this morning, proving with his third consecutive victory that he is the reigning king of long-distance dog mushing.

House OKs budget despite protests
The Republican-led Alaska House of Representatives approved a "status quo" state budget today, amid protests from Democrats and some Republicans that vital needs were going unmet and that the budgeting process itself was flawed.

Awareness of hunger gets down to beans, water
Do you sit on the floor and gobble without utensils - or dine in a leisurely manner at a table, with solicitous waiters, fine linens and cutlery?

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

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Beware mail-order 'appraisers,' unscrupulous dealers, experts say
For those splitting the sheets in a divorce or disposing of Grandma's parlor suite, there are serious pitfalls to avoid, according to personal property appraisers at a local antique show.

Awareness of hunger gets down to beans, water
Do you sit on the floor and gobble without utensils - or dine in a leisurely manner at a table, with solicitous waiters, fine linens and cutlery?

Group tries for session move vote
The chairman of the Alaskan Independence Party and two others plan to file for an initiative petition to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Beware mail-order 'appraisers,' unscrupulous dealers, experts say
For those splitting the sheets in a divorce or disposing of Grandma's parlor suite, there are serious pitfalls to avoid, according to personal property appraisers at a local antique show.

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Head tax may reduce ship smoke
The Juneau Assembly, saying it has a chance to partner with industry, may spend nearly a tenth of its yearly passenger fee proceeds to help Princess Cruises reduce its smoke in port.

City wants to look at pulltab charities' books
The city wants to see more financial data from charities that benefit from pulltab sales before it considers giving them a tax break.

Quest to move Legislature to Mat-Su opens old wounds
For some longtime residents, the issue of moving legislative sessions out of Juneau is like a recurring bad dream.

Judge gives 1 year in prison to forger of $126,747 check
A Juneau scientist convicted of forging a check to get access to more than $100,000 in funds designated for charity has been sentenced to prison.

City nixes request for lower port fees
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee has recommended keeping the current tonnage fee for commercial passenger ships that use city ports.

House passes operating budget, Senate OKs supplemental funds
The Republican-led House of Representatives approved a "status quo" state budget Wednesday, amid protests from Democrats and some Republicans that vital needs were going unmet and that the budgeting process was flawed.

Gastineau Avenue to be rebuilt this summer
The city is advertising for bids to reconstruct Gastineau Avenue. The estimated $5.3 million project, funded by the city, will repave Gastineau Avenue from Second Avenue to Bulger Way at least. Some citizens have asked the city to extend paving to the south end of the downtown road, which parallels South Franklin Street, but other residents have said they like the dirt surface there.

City wants to look at pulltab charities' books
The city wants to see more financial data from charities that benefit from pulltab sales before it considers giving them a tax break.

Warning issued on drug ingredients
JUNEAU - Anhydrous ammonia was the ingredient of choice for a methamphetamine laboratory raided in Juneau in December, and it is becoming more and more popular in Southeast, said Sgt. Ray Culbreth, head of the Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Longtime Juneau mayor bids farewell
Larry Parker was involved in a lot of fireworks during his 55 years in Juneau. Some were for celebrations. Some were political.

Warning issued on drug ingredients
JUNEAU - Anhydrous ammonia was the ingredient of choice for a methamphetamine laboratory raided in Juneau in December, and it is becoming more and more popular in Southeast, said Sgt. Ray Culbreth, head of the Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Judge gives 1 year in prison to forger of $126,747 check
A Juneau scientist convicted of forging a check to get access to more than $100,000 in funds designated for charity has been sentenced to prison.

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

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

House OKs budget despite protests
The Republican-led Alaska House of Representatives approved a "status quo" state budget today, amid protests from Democrats and some Republicans that vital needs were going unmet and that the budgeting process itself was flawed.

Gastineau Avenue to be rebuilt this summer
The city is advertising for bids to reconstruct Gastineau Avenue. The estimated $5.3 million project, funded by the city, will repave Gastineau Avenue from Second Avenue to Bulger Way at least. Some citizens have asked the city to extend paving to the south end of the downtown road, which parallels South Franklin Street, but other residents have said they like the dirt surface there.

Group tries for session move vote
The chairman of the Alaskan Independence Party and two others plan to file for an initiative petition to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

City nixes request for lower port fees
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee has recommended keeping the current tonnage fee for commercial passenger ships that use city ports.

Swingley finishes first again
NOME - Doug Swingley won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this morning, proving with his third consecutive victory that he is the reigning king of long-distance dog mushing.

Quest to move Legislature to Mat-Su opens old wounds
For some longtime residents, the issue of moving legislative sessions out of Juneau is like a recurring bad dream.

Briefly

Head tax may reduce ship smoke
The Juneau Assembly, saying it has a chance to partner with industry, may spend nearly a tenth of its yearly passenger fee proceeds to help Princess Cruises reduce its smoke in port.

Fighting for those who can't
Former Juneau resident Heather Barr, one of the nation's leading advocates for prisoners with mental illness, was recently selected as one of only four international recipients for the 12th Annual Reebok Human Rights Awards.

House passes operating budget, Senate OKs supplemental funds
The Republican-led House of Representatives approved a "status quo" state budget Wednesday, amid protests from Democrats and some Republicans that vital needs were going unmet and that the budgeting process was flawed.

Fighting for those who can't
Former Juneau resident Heather Barr, one of the nation's leading advocates for prisoners with mental illness, was recently selected as one of only four international recipients for the 12th Annual Reebok Human Rights Awards.

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

Lessons from Malone's life
The tragic death of Douglas resident Hugh Malone while traveling in Italy reminds us of the qualities that make him a special figure in Alaska history. Hugh was a six-term Democratic member of the state House of Representatives from the Kenai Peninsula, speaker of the House, and commissioner of Revenue. But it's what he did in those positions that is really important:

Golf course questions
On Tuesday, March 20, the Planning Commission will consider Totem Creek's plan for a golf course near the end of North Douglas Highway. If Totem Creek obtains the permit, it will expect the assembly to sell it about 400 acres of city land at a bargain rate, so it can build a private golf course.

Lessons from Malone's life
The tragic death of Douglas resident Hugh Malone while traveling in Italy reminds us of the qualities that make him a special figure in Alaska history. Hugh was a six-term Democratic member of the state House of Representatives from the Kenai Peninsula, speaker of the House, and commissioner of Revenue. But it's what he did in those positions that is really important:

Worthy of respect
I've known Kim Metcalfe Helmar for ... well, 40 years and she's been a dear friend to me and my family for at least 25 of them. I feel for her when I hear other people in Juneau insult her because they disagree with her politically. Sometimes, I disagree with her, too, but I always agree with her motives. Kim embodies compassion, intelligence, humor, humility and guts. I couldn't ask for a better friend than Kim and I think you'll find many other people in Juneau feel the same way.

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.

Meaningful communications
My personal experiences with the medical profession over these many years and most recently, suggest it is time for my letter, perhaps even somewhat overdue.

On bullies in school
The following editorial appeared in today's Chicago Tribune: Since the tragic shooting last week at Santana High School in California, attempts to make sense of the act have suggested that school bullying is to blame, that social and academic pressure in school is out of control.

Keep heliport out of recreation area
If a helicopter takes off from a forest and nobody hears it, did it ever really take off? Proponents of a satellite heliport at Dredge Lakes-Mendenhall Glacier recreation area seem to be under the impression that large numbers of take-offs and landings in that area will impact virtually no one and no thing. The area under consideration is heavily used for recreation, not only by tourists, but also by local hikers, mountain bikers, birders and fishermen, to name a few.

On bullies in school
The following editorial appeared in today's Chicago Tribune: Since the tragic shooting last week at Santana High School in California, attempts to make sense of the act have suggested that school bullying is to blame, that social and academic pressure in school is out of control.

Golf course questions
On Tuesday, March 20, the Planning Commission will consider Totem Creek's plan for a golf course near the end of North Douglas Highway. If Totem Creek obtains the permit, it will expect the assembly to sell it about 400 acres of city land at a bargain rate, so it can build a private golf course.

Attempts at humor
I hope all those trite attempts at witticism I've heard G.W. make since his inauguration do not indicate what is truly synthesizing in his mind. I can't seem to forget one such case that occurred shortly after his swearing in.

Attempts at humor
I hope all those trite attempts at witticism I've heard G.W. make since his inauguration do not indicate what is truly synthesizing in his mind. I can't seem to forget one such case that occurred shortly after his swearing in.

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.

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.

Cold war for the Caspian
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Iran's relations with Russia have been gradually improving since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and they bode to become even warmer.

A pressured Bush retreats
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Six months ago, presidential candidate George W. Bush promised to improve the United States' air quality and ease the threat of global warming by setting "mandatory reduction targets" for carbon dioxide. President Bush now has abandoned that promise.

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.

Worthy of respect
I've known Kim Metcalfe Helmar for ... well, 40 years and she's been a dear friend to me and my family for at least 25 of them. I feel for her when I hear other people in Juneau insult her because they disagree with her politically. Sometimes, I disagree with her, too, but I always agree with her motives. Kim embodies compassion, intelligence, humor, humility and guts. I couldn't ask for a better friend than Kim and I think you'll find many other people in Juneau feel the same way.

A pressured Bush retreats
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Six months ago, presidential candidate George W. Bush promised to improve the United States' air quality and ease the threat of global warming by setting "mandatory reduction targets" for carbon dioxide. President Bush now has abandoned that promise.

Meaningful communications
My personal experiences with the medical profession over these many years and most recently, suggest it is time for my letter, perhaps even somewhat overdue.

Keep heliport out of recreation area
If a helicopter takes off from a forest and nobody hears it, did it ever really take off? Proponents of a satellite heliport at Dredge Lakes-Mendenhall Glacier recreation area seem to be under the impression that large numbers of take-offs and landings in that area will impact virtually no one and no thing. The area under consideration is heavily used for recreation, not only by tourists, but also by local hikers, mountain bikers, birders and fishermen, to name a few.

Cold war for the Caspian
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Iran's relations with Russia have been gradually improving since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and they bode to become even warmer.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Region V standings

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Alaska State Hoops Polls

Juneau boys seek Region V title
SITKA -- As the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team prepared for this weekend's Region V-Class 4A tournament at Sitka's Mount Edgecumbe High School, the Crimson Bears didn't have to look very far for inspiration.

Iditarod teams continue to finish in Nome
NOME -- One day after Montana musher Doug Swingley claimed his fourth Iditarod victory, teams continued to make their way to Nome.

Mt. Edgecumbe girls look for three-peat in Region V-3A
SITKA -- The Mount Edgecumbe High School girls basketball team will have the homecourt advantage when the Region V-Class 3A tournament opens today in Sitka, and the Braves may need it despite their perfect record in region play this season.

Haines girls finally win a Region V-Class 3A tournament game
SITKA -- In all her years playing in the Region V-Class 3A girls basketball tournament, Haines High School senior forward Lisa Sele had never been on a winning team.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Mt. Edgecumbe girls look for three-peat in Region V-3A
SITKA -- The Mount Edgecumbe High School girls basketball team will have the homecourt advantage when the Region V-Class 3A tournament opens today in Sitka, and the Braves may need it despite their perfect record in region play this season.

Local Scoreboard: Alaska State Hoops Polls

Sitka boys can't keep Kodiak from an unblemished record
The Sitka High School boys basketball team was able to close to within four points at halftime against the unbeaten and top-ranked Kodiak Bears, but the Wolves couldn't withstand a third-quarter run as the Bears went on to claim an 85-70 victory Saturday at Sitka's Mount Edgecumbe High School.

Iditarod teams continue to finish in Nome
NOME -- One day after Montana musher Doug Swingley claimed his fourth Iditarod victory, teams continued to make their way to Nome.

Local Scoreboard: Region V standings

Haines girls finally win a Region V-Class 3A tournament game
SITKA -- In all her years playing in the Region V-Class 3A girls basketball tournament, Haines High School senior forward Lisa Sele had never been on a winning team.

Juneau boys seek Region V title
SITKA -- As the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team prepared for this weekend's Region V-Class 4A tournament at Sitka's Mount Edgecumbe High School, the Crimson Bears didn't have to look very far for inspiration.

Metlakatla boys ride defense over Petersburg in Region V-3A opener
SITKA -- It took a while for the Metlakatla High School boys basketball team to get going Wednesday.

Sitka boys can't keep Kodiak from an unblemished record
The Sitka High School boys basketball team was able to close to within four points at halftime against the unbeaten and top-ranked Kodiak Bears, but the Wolves couldn't withstand a third-quarter run as the Bears went on to claim an 85-70 victory Saturday at Sitka's Mount Edgecumbe High School.

Metlakatla boys ride defense over Petersburg in Region V-3A opener
SITKA -- It took a while for the Metlakatla High School boys basketball team to get going Wednesday.

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