Designate a driver
St. Patrick's Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the rich Irish heritage. As many of us here in Juneau toast St. Patrick on March 17, K&L Distributors would like to take a moment to salute the millions who make designated drivers part of their party plans.

Proof requested
In response to Nancy Glass's reply to the wolf population on Douglas Island.

Alcohol tax won't eliminate problems
An increase in the alcohol tax can be an important component of a comprehensive package to raise state revenues. Alcohol-related problems are estimated to cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars each year. It is not unreasonable that all consumers of alcohol should pay more to offset these costs.

The cold hard truth
The No. 1 problem facing our state is the fiscal gap in excess of $1 billion. Legislators must recognize they are serving at a pivotal point in state history and our future economic prosperity depends on the actions they take in the next three years.

Wolves: A deadly threat
This is in response to the wolf issue on Douglas Island. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates there are nearly 10,000 wolves in Alaska, which is at or near a historical high. Wolves can wipe out entire populations of animals, as seen in McGrath with moose, for food or entertainment. When not hungry, they tear tongues or haunches out of animals and slowly let them die for nothing better to do.

Adding to a good team
We are writing to comment on the recent article in the Empire regarding paramedics and our fire department. Both of us, as well as our firefighter-medics, are pleased with the positive response of our city Assembly members in working toward increasing the number of skilled paramedics in the fire department, and we thank the Assembly for its support. We feel this will greatly enhance the pre-hospital care provided in Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

Lack of Common Sense
Recently, your paper carried an insert under the banner of Common Sense for Alaska. Although Common Sense's Web site lists me as still being on its board of directors, I have not been on that board and have had no association with Common Sense for at least seven years. No one from Common Sense approached me regarding the content of that insert.

Ramseur takes Knowles administration into the sunset
David Ramseur's paperwork is stacked neatly in small, staggered piles down one side of his desk. So it's no surprise when Gov. Tony Knowles' new chief of staff says his main goal in closing out the two-term Democratic administration this year is simply making sure that mistakes aren't made.

School Board hears student banner case
In a Juneau School Board hearing lasting more than four hours Wednesday evening, attorneys and witnesses for Juneau-Douglas High School senior Joseph Frederick and the Juneau School District painted two very different pictures of the student and the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner he held at January's Olympic Torch Relay.

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

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

In an article Tuesday about University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Linda McCarriston's poem was published in a University of Alaska Anchorage quarterly. The poem was published in the independent journal Ice-Floe.

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

Photo: A hard-fought win
Metlakatla's Willie Taylor goes high for a layup during Wednesday's game against Petersburg in the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium. Metlakatla won the game 55-53.

Drunken driver gets 6 months in jail
A 20-year-old Juneau man was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday for a drunken driving accident that injured a passenger.

City moves to refigure business property tax
The Juneau Assembly's Finance Committee, after hearing from concerned businesses, Tuesday agreed the city needs a "more acceptable" formula for taxing business personal property.

Dryden students unmask talents
W hen Charles Buggs stepped in front of a sixth-grade class at Floyd Dryden Middle School on Thursday, he was carrying a bag full of faces. A box of eyes and noses was on a nearby counter. Each student held an assemblage of "bones," waiting to hear how to flesh out their creations with paper and glue.

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


Getting rid of junkers to get more expensive
Juneau's methods of dealing with the annual crop of junked cars are not keeping up with the problem, city environmental and zoning inspector Dan Garcia told the Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Tuesday.

Unusually colorful meteor lights up skies over Juneau Wednesday night
A meteor in bursts of green and yellow light flashed across the sky east of Juneau late Wednesday night, some residents said. Mark Olsen, who lives at Lena Point, said he was just going to bed at about 11 p.m. when "I saw this kind of greenish light coming down Lynn Canal. I thought it was a plane at first."

Local briefs
Tlingit classroom registration opens; Delegation wins business kudos; Young declines resource chairmanship; Hazardous waste date moves

Gurton, Mead wed
Amy Sue Gurton of Boston, Mass., and Travis George Mead of Phoenix, Ariz., were married Feb. 8 at the Grove at Silk Purse Ranch in Las Vegas.

Photo: Archery tournament
The Safari Tournament on Feb. 27 at Floyd Dryden Middle School had over 50 shooters. Devin Bliss, left, won first place in traditional, John Hill took first place in limited, John Wehnes won first place in freestyle.

Girl Scout week marks 90th anniversary
Girl Scout week, which is March 10 to 16, commemorates the 90th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouting in the United States. Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council will celebrate this special anniversary with special events throughout the year.

Creating a civil conversation
You may have seen Mike Lukovichs political cartoon in the Empire on Tuesday. The first panel shows an affable-looking man speaking to a crowd, saying, "I'm a Democrat and I like the President." The next panel shows the crowd pummeling him with fists and clubs, and the correcting voice that floats from the affable mans battered body says, "I-I mean Love!!!"

Hays, Rose to be married
Juneau residents Heather Hays and Ben Rose will be married at 11 a.m. on March 30 at the Juneau Christian Center. A reception will follow immediately at Centennial Hall. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Senior Menu
Monday, March 18

Ten JDHS students receive Student Recognition awards
Ten Juneau-Douglas High School students received Student Recognition awards for the month of February at a ceremony held last week in the school library.

Three students advance to state science fair
Organizers of the 10th annual Capital City High School Science Fair have released a complete list of the awards given at the event March 2 at the Marie Drake gym. The fair attracted about 114 students.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

My Turn: Can Alaska break out of Wonderland?
After spending most of his life here, Bengt remains very interested in Alaska even though he now lives in Minnesota. I told him about our Legislature and finances. He asked if we were planning to raise our income tax. I told him that we don't have an income tax any more. He said: "Are they going to raise the sales tax?" I told him we don't have a sales tax either. He asked if we were trying to raise revenue by a state lottery. I told him we don't have that either.

My Turn: History threatens to repeat with missile defense
Missile defense in Alaska is off and running, well ahead of common sense. The Army Corps of Engineers met with salivating contractors in Fairbanks last month, each prepared to bid on the National Missile Defense deployment at Fort Greely. Hundreds of billions of dollars will be poured into this black hole.

My Turn: High stakes and a clear choice
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives took a major step toward returning America's government to its people when it passed the bipartisan Shays/Meehan bill campaign reform bill. The Shays/Meehan bill would begin to clean up our political process by:

My Turn: J-Bird controversy offers powerful civics lesson
As the mother of the managing editor of the high school newspaper, the J-Bird, I read this publication as soon as it comes out each month. It gives me a view into my son's world - and I usually get a few laughs out of it, too. However, I was not amused by the column entitled "Wolves Beaten Like Old Rug." I questioned my son: Who wrote the column? Why? Why didn't you and the faculty advisor request him to rewrite it, or just leave it out of the paper altogether?

Iditarod champion takes citizenship oath in Nome
NOME -- Iditarod champion Martin Buser took the oath of citizenship Wednesday from a judge in a parka and a polar bear hat at the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The ceremony was held one day after Buser won the 1,100-mile race from Anchorage to Nome in record time.

Duke crushes Winthrop to open title defense
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Jason Williams and Juneau's Carlos Boozer had towels over their shoulders with eight minutes left. Mike Dunleavy had bags of ice on his knees and Mike Krzyzewski barely moved from his seat.

Letter: Gold Medal History
Some Gold Medal hoops history Again, the renowned Lions Gold Medal Basketball Tournament will take place this month in Juneau. Participating teams will come from around the state for this popular sporting event to try to take home the first place trophy while representing both urban and rural areas. Of course, the sport of basketball plays significant roles in American society, including fueling our local economy and more.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Sports In Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Ketchikan girls to face Juneau for title
It was more of a struggle than expected, but the Ketchikan High School girls basketball team earned a spot in today's Region V-Class 4A championship game with a 49-39 victory over the injury-riddled Sitka Wolves on Thursday night at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

Chiefs hold off Vikings, 55-53
The Region V-Class 3A boys basketball tournament tipped off Wednesday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium with a pair of first-round games that were very different.

Vikings rally to earn state berth
The Petersburg High School girls basketball team will be returning to the Class 3A state tournament after a three-year absence. The unranked Vikings earned a berth in next weekend's state tournament by knocking off the state's fifth-ranked Craig Panthers 58-33 on Thursday afternoon at the Region V-Class 3A tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Chiefs chop down a giant
A broken nose did not hamper Chris Bryant as his game-high 28 points led the Metlakatla Chiefs to a stunning 70-52 upset over the Wrangell Wolves in Region V-Class 3A boys basketball playoff action Thursday.

Haines girls learn patience in win
Playing the first game of the Region V-Class 3A tournament, both the Haines and Wrangell high school girls basketball teams had bad cases of the jitters when they hit the court Wednesday afternoon at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Jonrowe struggles with sick dog, finishes 16th
NOME -- While the crowds in Nome cheered Martin Buser's record victory in the 30th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, another well-known and veteran musher was struggling with a sick dog and desperately trying to hang on to a top-20 finish.

Alaska State Basketbal Polls
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Kings advance to Class 4A boys final
The Sitka Wolves' gameplan heading into Thursday's Region V-Class 4A playoff game was to shut down Ketchikan standouts Russell Miller and Jesse Richardson.

Vet forms uncommon bond with eagles
ANCHORAGE - Crippled by an amputated wing, caged for 13 years, the eagle's predator eyes warn visitors he is still a wild creature. One Wing, a bald eagle that barely survived the Exxon Valdez oil spill, lives with his mate, The Old Witch, in a big outdoor bird run on Fort Richardson. The pair remain captives because neither can fly and releasing them would be a death sentence.

Game board gives OK to adult-child hunt for moose
FAIRBANKS - The state Board of Game has taken the unprecedented step of establishing a drawing permit for adult-child pairs of hunters on 2,800 acres of the Delta Junction Bison Range. Hunters will be required to wear vivid orange safety vests to stand out during the hunts southeast of Fairbanks.

Panel approves sales tax
Revenue-raising measures to close the state's fiscal gap inched forward this morning, even as Alaskans continued to testify overwhelmingly against budget cuts being considered by the House Finance Committee. The House State Affairs Committee approved a bill to impose a 3 percent state sales tax, contingent upon no increase in the state general fund for fiscal year 2003. It would raise an estimated $250 million to $300 million a year.

Natives rail at plan to ax funding
Alaska Natives expressed anger Thursday over a House Finance Committee plan to eliminate state funding for subsistence. Lawmakers overseeing the state Department of Fish and Game budget proposed that the House Finance Committee cut $1.1 million from the state's Division of Subsistence, eliminating all state support for the office.

ANWR oil could cut U.S. need slightly
ANCHORAGE - Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling likely would reduce America's dependence on foreign oil in 2020 from 62 percent to 60 percent, according to a U.S. Department of Energy report.

Senate panel OKs dime-a-drink legislation
The Senate Finance Committee this morning approved the "dime-a-drink" increase in the alcohol excise tax. The bill is the first revenue-raising measure apparently on the way to the floor in either house of the Legislature. The bill next goes to the Rules Committee, which schedules bills for floor action.

Plane makes a belly flop at Fairbanks International
FAIRBANKS - A small commercial plane touched down with its landing gear up Wednesday at Fairbanks International Airport. The flawed landing occurred without warning.

State Briefs
Lost snowmachiner rescued; State unemployment rate falls; Caribou roadway hunting banned; Conservation projects get funds; Unalaska regulates adult shows; Rabies could spread south; Attorney to head Tanana Chiefs; Seminar on employer security tax

State Briefs
Bill targets court spill ruling; Outdoors taxes produce millions; Peace Corps bill passes House; Fish council nominee named; New trial set for baby-shaking; Earthquake strikes east of Adak; Board puts off wolf decision

Bach on the balalaika
Classically trained but firmly rooted in folk music, Trio Voronezh has played on Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio and in the concert halls of classical music festivals. "They're great musicians. That's apparent from the first note, the first chords that come out of their instruments," said violinist Linda Rosenthal, who heard Trio Voronezh perform in Juneau four years ago.

Movies Where & When
"Grateful Dawg," 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and 4, 7, and 9 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Goldtown Nickelodeon in the Emporium Mall.

Best Bets: History lessons on civil rights to Jerry Garcia
America's very first anti-discrimination bill was passed right here in Juneau in 1945. I just learned that from the "Portraits and Neighbors" exhibit at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. The museum is featuring a small show of paintings and photographs of Juneau folks. It includes weathered faces, younger versions of familiar faces and some of the stories behind the artists.

'Breeks' engaging, literary and accessible
My typical preparation for a review involves reading the play once if not twice, reading the playwright's biography if available, researching her body of work and any past reviews I can dig up. I often stage "unfair" productions in my head - unfair, because I'm not constrained by a budget like Perseverance is - and decide which scenes need to be cut, if necessary, and what my vision of the play will be.

Juneau Student Symphony performs
JUNEAU - The 35 members of the Juneau Student Symphony will feature the music of Telemann, Dvorak and Haydn in a free concert at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Dzantik'i Heeni commons.

Sci-fi musical: mystery mixed with rock 'n' roll
W ith a blast of rockets, geologist Desiree Lear and mine owner Trevor Braiden leave Earth for the mining post of Volitar. Awaiting them on the mineralrich planet are romance, murder and lots of rock 'n' roll.

Women of Juneau photos exhibited
JUNEAU - Juneau women are celebrated in the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's new exhibit, "Pioneers and Neighbors, Portraits from the Permanent Collection." The display includes portraits of Elizabeth Peratrovich and her daughter Loretta, Dale De Armond, Francis Davis and Cecilia Kunz.

Performing 'Winter' for spring gala
W ednesday marks the first day of spring. Beethoven's "Spring" and Vivaldi's "Winter" will be featured at a concert Saturday evening at the cusp of the two seasons. Musicians with the Juneau Symphony, singers from the community and music students from the Juneau Community Charter School will perform the "Spring for the Arts Gala" concert at 7:30 Saturday evening to benefit the school.

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