Monday, March 18, 2002

In the stacks
New large print fiction is here!

Searching for clues to the history of snow
On one level, Edward LaChapelle's "Secrets of Snow" is a gallery of wonderful black and white photos of visible features of snow surfaces in the mountains. The author, a resident of McCarthy, is a professional snow and ice scientist who compiled these photos over a period of about 20 years. Each photo is a different clue to snow stability or instability.

Rich take expected from Donlin Creek gold deposit
NovaGold Resources Inc. could produce 1 million ounces of gold a year at its Donlin Creek project in Southwest Alaska, officials said.

Clarification: Tax returns
An article in the March 13 Empire on filing tax returns said that "any person who has earned income in a calendar year is required to file a federal income tax return."

Toward creating a historical footnote
We can, as a community, make the urban bear-human garbage problem a historical footnote. All it will take is a little more education, a minimal amount of individual effort, a few bucks and some common sense.

Support education with state funds
I wanted to express my general feeling of appreciation for the existence of the University of Alaska.

Banner-waver could have written an essay or letter
Over the last several weeks I have read many letters and articles about the teenager who used the obscene sign at the Olympic games.

Dirty diesel poses unnecessary risks
Through an exemption in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, Alaska is allowed to burn the dirtiest diesel fuel in the USA. Alaska's diesel fuel is six times more toxic, containing an unregulated 2,700 ppm average sulfur content, compared to 500 ppm in the Lower 48 and Canada.

If it please the court
It is never a pleasure to dispute the bench, but there is one error in Larry Weeks' otherwise excellent article on Juneau's legal history and the display at the courthouse.

Dance Unlimited rededicates to quality
I would like to share with the Juneau community the progress and changes the Juneau Dance Unlimited Board of Directors has made since January to address the concerns expressed by members of JDU.

Fishermen set for halibut opener
Randy Beason, captain of the 47-foot Oceanaire, is getting ready for Monday's halibut opening - his seventh. When last it felt the roll of outside waters, the Oceanaire was longlining for black cod in Chatham Strait in September. But now the halibut gear must be taken out of storage. Switching to longline gear to catch halibut involves setting up bait tables and loading gear such as buoy lines, Beason said.

Local briefs
Music students offer concerts; City receives bids for ice rink

Project tries to aid inmates' children
A new Alaska project aimed at helping children of prison inmates kicked off Friday. Catholic Community Service in Juneau is heading up the project.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Harborview kicks off reading challenge
After getting him to kiss a pig last year, Harborview Elementary School students may drive Principal Bob Dye through the roof this spring, so to speak. At a ceremony Friday kicking off Harborview's reading challenge, Dye told the school's 420 students he would spend a day on the school's roof this May if they read 5,000 books by the end of April.

Photo: A friendly shoot-'em-up
R.J. 'Oracle' Gryder, left, of Eagle River, displays two of his personal pistols while giving instruction for the Cowboy Shooting Contest at the Juneau Gun Club on Saturday.

Could curling be coming to Douglas?
When she tried sliding 42-pound pieces of shaped granite across sheets of ice, Cinda Stanek discovered several truths about curling. Among them: It's harder than it appears. And it's a fun way to meet people. "Even though it looks like it doesn't take a lot of skill, it does," said Stanek, who joined a curling team in northern Minnesota while teaching in an environmental education program in the mid-'80s. "But it's a sport that anyone can do. You don't have to be in incredible physical shape."

Photo: Faster, faster
Katie Pollard, left, and Lea Skaggs follow Dennis Harris as he plows a trail on the ice at Twin Lakes on Saturday. Skaters took advantage of a weekend of clear skies and chilly weather to get out on the lakes. michael penn / the juneau empire

KTOO's 'Shorebirds' wins national award
"Celebrating Alaska's Shorebirds," a documentary produced by local public station KTOO-TV, has won a Silver Telly Award in the nature/wildlife category. Silver Telly Awards are the highest honors given by the Telly Awards, an independent group established in 1980 to showcase programs and commercials that have not aired on the four major networks, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.

Correction
An Associated Press article on subsistence printed in Friday's Juneau Empire misspelled the name of Selina Everson.

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

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

Schools seek $1.5 million in added city funds
The Juneau School District has 2,000 computer workstations of all shapes, sizes, makes and models from the past decade - and just a handful of people to keep things running smoothly.

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

Truck flies across Egan, lands man in Lemon Creek
A man whose vehicle went airborne during the evening rush hour Friday, jumping from Egan Drive to Glacier Avenue, was charged with drunken driving after he was released from Bartlett Regional Hospital on Saturday afternoon.

The newspaper's not broken, but we aim to fix it anyway
God willin' and Murphy's Law in abeyance, the Empire will have a new look and some different content by Labor Day. "Uh-oh," some of you may say in reaction to the advent of an Empire makeover. "I hope they don't change ....." (fill in the blank with your favorite part of the newspaper).

Input sought on content changes
Readers may have noticed requests in the Empire urging participation in various readership surveys. The Empire is in the midst of an ambitious effort to improve the content and packaging of the newspaper with the end goal of making the newspaper more readable and pertinent.

Citizens Editorial Advisory Board seeks new members
A year has passed since the Juneau Empire reconvened its Citizens Editorial Advisory Board. The citizen board serves in a variety of capacities. In addition to simply serving as a sounding board for the newspaper, the group acts as a conduit to the community and provides another dozen and a half perspectives on the stories and issues of the day.

Capitol Notebook: The Legislature's fiscal fix is in flux
The "municipal dividend" appears to be a certain component in whatever the House might produce this year in the way of a long-range fiscal plan. The concept, advanced for years by Unalaska Democratic Rep. Carl Moses, will get another look from the House Finance Committee Wednesday.

Toe Cartoon
A year has passed since the Juneau Empire reconvened its Citizens Editorial Advisory Board. The citizen board serves in a variety of capacities. In addition to simply serving as a sounding board for the newspaper, the group acts as a conduit to the community and provides another dozen and a half perspectives on the stories and issues of the day.

Clearing up the Human G-Gnome Project
A year has passed since the Juneau Empire reconvened its Citizens Editorial Advisory Board. The citizen board serves in a variety of capacities. In addition to simply serving as a sounding board for the newspaper, the group acts as a conduit to the community and provides another dozen and a half perspectives on the stories and issues of the day.

Alaskans know the score
Legislators who continue to think that Alaskans don't believe the state budget crisis is real might have been surprised by the testimony received by the House Finance Committee this week on its proposed $2.2 billion operating budget.

Skiers push for extended season
JUNEAU - Some local skiers are hoping to persuade the city-owned Eaglecrest Ski Area to remain open an extra month this spring.

How to avoid skating on thin ice
Skating on lakes is always dangerous. Skaters can easily fall through holes, cracks and thin ice created by heat and moving water.

Snow Report
The status of Alaska ski areas.

Out and About
In season: Wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), coyote (Sept.-April) and hare (Sept.-April).

Juneau on ice
Locals go to all sorts of extremes to skate in Juneau, a town with unpredictable ice and no formal rink. Skaters shovel snow, flood playgrounds and parks, pump water onto lakes and squeegee puddles so they'll freeze flat. Ice enthusiast John Ingalls used to get up between 2 and 5 a.m. to spend hours spraying water on low-cost rinks at Harborview Elementary School and the Capital School playground.

Outdoors Briefs
Learn to Ski weekend coming up; Buckwheat Nordic race March 22-23

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

Gold Medal roster rules
Every year people all over Southeast Alaska look forward to the Gold Medal Tournament. This is one of the biggest event for Juneau.

Photo: Putting on a frozen sea
Brooke Scott of La Habra, Calif., putts the ball across artificial grass on the frozen Bering Sea on Saturday during the Bering Sea Ice Classic golf tournament, as a plywood sheep stands in the background.

Duke survives scare
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Jason Williams has been a liability at times on free throws. The All-American guard didn't blink under NCAA tournament pressure Saturday.

Craig boys win first-ever 3A title
The Craig Panthers won their first-ever Region V-Class 3A championship Friday with a 68-64 win over the Metlakatla Chiefs at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium.

Bears back on top
To prepare his team for Saturday's Southeast championship basketball game, Mount Edgecumbe High School girls coach Paul Johnson showed his team a videotape of the Braves' upset victory over Ketchikan.

Region V / Southeast Basketball Tournament Awards
A list of the special awards presented at the Region V / Southeast Basketball Tournament on Saturday night.

Miller, Schleper claim U.S. ski titles
Bode Miller was a little more cautious on the second run of a slalom this time, and it gave him a national championship. Miller capped his breakthrough season by winning the men's slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships in a snowstorm Sunday.

Photo: Red Lantern record
Musher David Straub of Willow runs up the finish chute of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday in Nome carrying the red lantern, identifying him as the last-place finisher in the race.

Juneau girls rock Ketchikan 47-28 earn state tourney berth
Everything was set for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team to end its three-year state tournament drought, but the Ketchikan Kings just wouldn't go away.

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

Mt. Edgecumbe girls win fourth straight 3A title
Melanie Beans has been a guard on the Mount Edgecumbe High School girls basketball team for four years now, and Friday she made sure she'd never know what it means to not have her team be the Region V-Class 3A champion.

Santa Clara women fall to Louisiana State
BOULDER, Colo. -- Santa Clara wouldn't go away. Not after trailing by five in the first half and not when seemingly out of it with four minutes left.

Upsets alter state tournament brackets
A few upsets at regional tournaments around the state mean some unexpected teams will be competing this weekend at the Class 4A and Class 3A state basketball tournaments Thursday through Saturday at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

Juneau boys earn state berth
Pack your bags and purchase your plane tickets because the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team is heading to state after a 68-51 victory over the Ketchikan Kings in Friday's Region V-Class 4A title game.

Local Basketball Standings
Scores from this weekend's 3A tournament.

Republicans split budget
In wrapping up its "hold-the-line" state budget Saturday, the House Finance Committee underscored its lack of trust in the spending policies of the outgoing Knowles administration. The Republican majority on the committee divided much of the 2003 budget into two parts so that no more than half of the annual allocation for many programs could be spent during the first six months of the fiscal year, July 1 to Dec. 31, 2002

Petersburg: Medical center offers diabetes help
A program at the Petersburg Medical Center is providing a voice for residents with diabetes, which afflicts one out of every 17 people.

Hydaburg: Reading is fun
Hydaburg's kindergarten and first-grade classes visited Head Start in February. Each student brought books to read to the Head Start kids. After reading, they made snacks, and each child received a new book from the Head Start teachers.

Swingley married in Nome after Iditarod
Montana musher Doug Swingley got married Sunday under the burled arch that marks the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Board critics appeal
ANCHORAGE - Attorneys representing seven municipalities plus individual Alaskans took their last shots at the state redistricting plan Friday before the Alaska Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is to rule on the plan by April 1.

Ogan in critical care after heart attack
Rep. Scott Ogan remained in critical condition this morning after suffering a serious heart attack over the weekend at his Palmer home.

Ketchikan: Pilot program would aid struggling students
The Ketchikan School Board is considering a pilot program for struggling middle school students.

Alaska FBI office launches Web site
The FBI's Alaska field office has launched a presence on the Internet.

Chilkat: Sight returns after years of blindness
An 86-year-old Klukwan man who has been legally blind for the past 16 years saw his grandchildren for the first time last week, and is looking forward to reading his Bible again after regaining a portion of his sight.

Federal judge won't cite state in sex offender case
A federal judge decided Friday not to cite a state attorney for contempt of court over prosecution of the state's sex offender registration law.

Panel OKs rural school bill
JUNEAU - A bill to suspend a portion of the state's school funding formula that gives less money to some rural schools was passed in the House Finance Committee on Saturday.

House OKs budget, funds for subsistence
In a break from the normal legislative thrust-and-parry, House Democrats offered no amendments today to the Republican majority's proposed 2003 budget.

Bill lets fishermen take steps to shrink fleet size
The House passed legislation Friday aimed at helping Alaska salmon fishermen make their financially troubled industry more efficient. House Bill 286 would let limited-entry permit holders set up associations to reduce the number of fishermen chasing the salmon.

Barrow seal hunters rescued from sea ice
Rescuers used helicopters to pluck 18 seal hunters from islands of sea ice that broke away in the Arctic Ocean offshore from Barrow on Sunday afternoon.

Kivalina school to open Monday
ANCHORAGE - Kivalina's only school will reopen Monday, even though the community has not come to an agreement regarding discipline standards. Charles Mason, chief executive officer of the Northwest Arctic School District, said classes at McQueen School in the community 80 miles northwest of Kotzebue would be open to all students, weather permitting. A storm is predicted and there could be a problem flying in new teachers, Mason said.

Anchorage schools close as city tackles record snow
Schools were closed in Anchorage today as residents tried to dig out from under a record snowfall over the weekend. The storm caught the city by surprise, dumping 28.6 inches of snow for a new 24-hour record.

Ketchikan: Local state parks could feel budget cuts
State park facilities at Refuge Cove and Settler's Cove in Ketchikan might be closed if a budget cut approved recently by a House finance subcommittee remains in place.

Company plans Anchorage staging area
A Chicago-based design firm has proposed building a $43 million air-cargo staging area on undeveloped land next to the FedEx hub at Anchorage's international airport.

Bill seeks to expand optometrists' drugs
JUNEAU - The Alaska House approved a measure Friday that would let optometrists prescribe more types of medication than currently permitted.

Wrangell: Two former residents launch business
Ruth (Stough) Hagan and Mercedes Angerman, both born and raised in Wrangell, have joined forces and started Sound Grant Writing and Consulting, based in Sitka.

Tenakee council boots VPSO
As of Friday, Tenakee Springs no longer has any local means of law enforcement because the city could not reach an agreement for a new contract with the Tlingit-Haida Central Council's Village Public Safety Officer program.

Sitka: Durham to command CG Air Station
The Coast Guard recently selected Cdmr. Dave Durham to take command of the Coast Guard Air Station in Sitka in late June.

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