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Friday, March 16, 2001

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Around Town

Obituaries

Beyond personal gratification
The recent shooting at a high school near San Diego has Americans again examining their society. Is there something in our culture that provokes violent behavior among the young?

Around Town

Around Town

Weekend Best Bets
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, as the saying goes, but Juneau really does have a generous number of folks of Irish descent. There's a nice selection of St. Patrick's Day activities in store, and many are family oriented.

Weekend Best Bets
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, as the saying goes, but Juneau really does have a generous number of folks of Irish descent. There's a nice selection of St. Patrick's Day activities in store, and many are family oriented.

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FYI

FYI

Life's about to spring from gloomy March
It's a typical March day. The rain is sheeting sideways and the wind is blowing 20 knots. The sky is gray with dark clouds roiling over the peaks and it looks like spring will never arrive.

Beyond personal gratification
The recent shooting at a high school near San Diego has Americans again examining their society. Is there something in our culture that provokes violent behavior among the young?

Around Town

Life's about to spring from gloomy March
It's a typical March day. The rain is sheeting sideways and the wind is blowing 20 knots. The sky is gray with dark clouds roiling over the peaks and it looks like spring will never arrive.

Thank you

Obituaries

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

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

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.

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

Council picks irk fishing groups in SE
Two Southeast fishing groups say they are disappointed that neither of Gov. Tony Knowles' latest two appointees to a federal fishing panel was a Southeast fisherman.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Correction

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.

Juneau Color: Watching 91 years of our history
Katherine Messerschmidt Shaw readily summons up the heavenly odors and "the delicious cookies my father made: Lady fingers, macaroons, fruit bars and doughnuts. We would put a string of doughnuts around our necks and play street games, sharing the doughnuts with our friends."

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.

Legislature 2001: Bill gets pilots out of firearms bind
JUNEAU - Pilots of small airplanes may be breaking either Alaska law or Canada law when they fly into Canada.

State softens proposed shellfish regs
Shellfish farmers are happier with the state's latest draft of rules for getting permits.

State softens proposed shellfish regs
Shellfish farmers are happier with the state's latest draft of rules for getting permits.

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Legislature 2001: Bill gets pilots out of firearms bind
JUNEAU - Pilots of small airplanes may be breaking either Alaska law or Canada law when they fly into Canada.

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?

Juneau Color: Watching 91 years of our history
Katherine Messerschmidt Shaw readily summons up the heavenly odors and "the delicious cookies my father made: Lady fingers, macaroons, fruit bars and doughnuts. We would put a string of doughnuts around our necks and play street games, sharing the doughnuts with our friends."

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.

Council picks irk fishing groups in SE
Two Southeast fishing groups say they are disappointed that neither of Gov. Tony Knowles' latest two appointees to a federal fishing panel was a Southeast fisherman.

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.

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.

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.

Correction

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

Local inspiration
I thank Mike Sica for writing about Heather Barr's leadership and advocacy in New York for the betterment of the mentally ill. To learn of a young adult born and raised in Alaska working for the right's of the mentally ill is a dream come true. Ms. Barr's parents must be very proud. I remember living in Juneau in a time when mental illness services were nonexistent, and a state psychiatrist who may or may not be able to see you and when the stigma for the mentally ill was humiliation.

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.

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.

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.

Irrational exuberance ends
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Chicago Tribune: The longest economic expansion in American history turns 10 years old this month. Some birthday.

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 callers 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.

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.

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 callers identity is verified. Callers names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

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.

Alternatives to roundabout
On March 12, the Assembly and Planning Commission met in joint session to hear and comment on the DOT&PF's proposals for improvements to the intersection of Egan Drive and Tenth Street. Just prior to the DOT&PF presentation, the Juneau Economic Development Council made a brief presentation concerning a proposed study of tourism direction for the CBJ.

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.

Education and happiness
We would like to take this opportunity to give our family's great appreciation and a very heartfelt sense of gratitude to the Juneau Empire. As well as all those involved in the Baby 2000 $20,000 scholarship giveaway.

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.

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.

Irrational exuberance ends
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Chicago Tribune: The longest economic expansion in American history turns 10 years old this month. Some birthday.

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.

Alternatives to roundabout
On March 12, the Assembly and Planning Commission met in joint session to hear and comment on the DOT&PF's proposals for improvements to the intersection of Egan Drive and Tenth Street. Just prior to the DOT&PF presentation, the Juneau Economic Development Council made a brief presentation concerning a proposed study of tourism direction for the CBJ.

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.

Local inspiration
I thank Mike Sica for writing about Heather Barr's leadership and advocacy in New York for the betterment of the mentally ill. To learn of a young adult born and raised in Alaska working for the right's of the mentally ill is a dream come true. Ms. Barr's parents must be very proud. I remember living in Juneau in a time when mental illness services were nonexistent, and a state psychiatrist who may or may not be able to see you and when the stigma for the mentally ill was humiliation.

Education and happiness
We would like to take this opportunity to give our family's great appreciation and a very heartfelt sense of gratitude to the Juneau Empire. As well as all those involved in the Baby 2000 $20,000 scholarship giveaway.

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.

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.

Sports in Juneau

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.

Sitka boys beat Ketchikan in region opener
SITKA -- The Sitka High School boys basketball team may not have won the battle under the boards.

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.

Juneau girls advance to region title game
SITKA -- One down, one to go. The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team moved one step closer to a berth in the Class 4A state tournament following a 50-33 victory over the Sitka Wolves on Thursday in the opening round of the Region V-Class 4A tournament at Mount Edgecumbe High School's B.J. McGillis Gym.

Local Scoreboard: Alaska State Hoops Polls

Like shooting Duckworths in a pond
For the third time in as many months, a trio of Duckworths -- Gabe, Tyson and Jack -- will make the journey from Ketchikan to show off their boxing skills at tonight's roughhouse 'King of the Ring' boxing event.

Wrangell, Craig boys advance to Region V-3A championship game
SITKA -- Things were silent in the locker room of the Wrangell High School boys basketball team as the Wolves spent the halftime intermission quietly reflecting on their lackadaisical performance in the first half of their game against the Mount Edgecumbe Braves.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Alaska State Hoops Polls

Wrangell, Craig boys advance to Region V-3A championship game
SITKA -- Things were silent in the locker room of the Wrangell High School boys basketball team as the Wolves spent the halftime intermission quietly reflecting on their lackadaisical performance in the first half of their game against the Mount Edgecumbe Braves.

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.

Sitka boys beat Ketchikan in region opener
SITKA -- The Sitka High School boys basketball team may not have won the battle under the boards.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

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.

Juneau girls advance to region title game
SITKA -- One down, one to go. The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team moved one step closer to a berth in the Class 4A state tournament following a 50-33 victory over the Sitka Wolves on Thursday in the opening round of the Region V-Class 4A tournament at Mount Edgecumbe High School's B.J. McGillis Gym.

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.

Mt. Edgecumbe, Haines girls lock up state berths
SITKA -- Even when the Mount Edgecumbe High School girls basketball team took an 18-point lead over the Petersburg Vikings in the first quarter, the Braves didn't think they had their Region V-Class 3A semifinal game won.

Like shooting Duckworths in a pond
For the third time in as many months, a trio of Duckworths -- Gabe, Tyson and Jack -- will make the journey from Ketchikan to show off their boxing skills at tonight's roughhouse 'King of the Ring' boxing event.

Mt. Edgecumbe, Haines girls lock up state berths
SITKA -- Even when the Mount Edgecumbe High School girls basketball team took an 18-point lead over the Petersburg Vikings in the first quarter, the Braves didn't think they had their Region V-Class 3A semifinal game won.

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