Sunday, March 21, 2004

In the Stacks: Kids who outgrow picture books can move on to illustrated fiction
This week I've got a sampling of new picture books of all varieties for you! Picture books are generally for ages 0-8, and (juvenile illustrated fiction (JIF) are aimed at older kids who appreciate the pictures but who are ready for a more sophisticated storyline.

Exercise your vote in special election
If you read the article by Tara Sidor, Tuesday, March 9, 2004, you know the Assembly is waiting until 10 days after the special election to award the bids for the site work at Dimond Park for the new high school.

Same-sex marriage is a moral issue
Have you seen the bumper sticker that says "No God, no peace. Know God, know peace?" It came to mind after reading the letter titled "Gay marriage is not a moral issue."

Juneau's reaction to AMHS move is fear
I am absolutely flabbergasted at how most of Juneau perceives this Marine Highway administrative move. First off, I agree that there should have been more of a "heads-up," as far as the announcement was concerned.

Parents need to be held accountable for racism
I believe the people of the state of Alaska need to be held accountable for their own actions as well as their children. This goes towards the raising of a child. When children grow up, they learn the various things that their parents have taught them at home.

Environmentalists shouldn't be blamed
In proposing to move the Alaska Marine Highway System headquarters to his hometown, Gov. Murkowski claimed in speeches and in print (Empire, March 9) that he was "very disappointed" when the Clinton administration and its "environmental allies" in Alaska "joined forces to close down" the pulp mills in Sitka and Ketchikan. Now he says the AMHS move serves to "balance the impact" of these closures.

More resources, effort needed in Wigen case
As demonstrated by your news columns, there is some concern here about the state and pace into the investigation of the murder of Maggie Wigen almost a year ago in Tenakee Springs.

Fluoride poisons water; use toothpaste instead
I was saddened by your opinion of Wednesday March 17, 2004, where you ask to reinstate the addition of fluoride to our drinking water. You obviously have not checked the latest updates to the information available on the Internet regarding the opposing side of this issue.

Permanent fund ain't broke; don't fix it
Perhaps common sense is no longer common, or just doesn't apply to our state Legislature. The old saying, "don't fix it if it ain't broke" must not apply to our permanent fund. The governor's proposed POMV plan is a fix to one of the few systems that isn't broke.

Juneau's mountain rescue team is nationally certified
Juneau Mountain Rescue team members do things that many only dream of - in nightmares.

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

Advocates gearing up for election
An organization has formed to encourage local voters to support a second high school. Build It Now will urge voters in the May 25 special election to reject a ballot initiative that would block construction of a high school at Dimond Park unless certain conditions of enrollment, operating budget and building size are met.

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

So, what's the point?
Bob Woolf has spent the last few months fervently campaigning for Rep. Dennis Kucinich, but he harbors no illusions that he might have the opportunity to vote for the Ohio Democrat at the polls in November.

Event appeals for peace
For 75 minutes on Saturday afternoon in front of the Dimond Courthouse, 40 people took turns reading the names of the 568 American service members and about 330 others - a selection of coalition military personnel, Iraqi civilians and journalists - who have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq a year ago.

Joseph Graham
Former Juneau resident Joseph Graham, 55, died March 7, 2004, at his home in Bellingham, Wash., after a short battle with cancer.

Empire Editorial: Therriault proposal worth considering, beyond the payoffs
A laskans should consider this: Do they really want this state to be known as the one that couldn't balance its budget until it paid off its citizens?

Clearing up misconceptions
Much of Friday and Saturday I spent trying to clear up some misconceptions relating to Gov. Frank Murkowski's recent decision to relocate the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) offices from Juneau to Ketchikan, and our coverage of - and commentary on - the issue.

Editoral cartoon by Toe
Sunday cartoon by local artist Toe.

Hoofing it: Snowshoeing can be as easy as you want it to be
Early on any given morning, you might see people hiking up Eaglecrest, eager to get a taste of the solitude and the fresh snow that enrobes the mountain when the lifts are closed. But if Merry Ellefson is on the mountain, and there's a good chance she is, you will notice her for what she lacks.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

Southeast Wild: How to recreate lost landscapes for wildlife in Southeast Alaska
Juneau is a city in the wilderness. The real world begins right outside our immediate yards, with all the animals following their own agendas and traveling on their ancient routes. They rarely focus on us as food sources or dangers to be avoided; we are background, we as creatures are unimportant. The most significant thing we do is to destroy habitat.

Winter Web links
Alaska and Pacific Northwest area outdoor Web sites.

Snow report
Conditions on local trails and at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Mild concussion no problem for Kildow
Once Lindsey Kildow's head cleared and she quit worrying, she concentrated on what came naturally: Go really fast down a mountain. Skiing with a slight concussion sustained a day before in a fall during the downhill, Kildow came back and won the women's super giant slalom in the U.S. Alpine Championships on Saturday.

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.

Slow starts doom Vikings
Slow starts doomed the top-ranked Petersburg girls basketball team as the Vikings bowed out of the Class 3A state tournament with a pair of losses. The Vikings scored just two points in the first quarter of Friday's semifinal and eventually fell to Monroe Catholic 48-33. In Saturday's third-fifth place game, Petersburg lost to Barrow 55-43.

Minnesota Duluth beats UAA for third place in WCHA playoffs
Minnesota Duluth showed flashes of the offensive depth that helped them finish near the top of the WCHA, scoring four unanswered goals to beat surprising Alaska Anchorage 4-2 Saturday.

Palmer eliminates Ketchikan in Friday's consolation action
The Ketchikan High School boys left the Class 4A state basketball tournament a humbler, but educated team. The Kings on Friday suffered their second straight state rout - a 70-52 loss to the Palmer Moose in the consolation bracket - but the two-and-out experience taught the returning Ketchikan players some important lessons.

Friedman, Mendes win downhill titles
Bryon Friedman thought going early in the downhill at the U.S. Alpine Championships could be an advantage. Put down a good run, he thought, and let the competition worry about beating it. The strategy was nearly flawless.

Teamwork deserts Metlakatla in losses to Valdez, Heritage
The Metlakatla boys basketball team was in Anchorage for the Class 3A state tourney this week. Its teamwork was somewhere else. Facing tough competition without the central focus that had guided them to the Southeast title, the Chiefs lost to top-ranked, undefeated Valdez 82-69 on Friday in the state tournament semifinals at Sullivan Arena. On Saturday, Metlakatla fell to Heritage Christian 61-47 in the third-fifth place game. Valdez beat Barrow 70-65 in overtime Saturday to claim its second Class 3A state title in three years.

Q&A with legend Dewey Skan
Maybe it's the sweet left-handed shot, or possibly the charismatic aura that surrounds him, but whatever it is, there may not be another person who epitomizes the Lions Club's Gold Medal Tournament more than Klawock's Dewey Skan Jr.

Gold Medal basketball tourney ready for 58th run
The 58th edition of the Juneau Lions Club's Gold Medal Basketball Tournament opens today at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

Musher finishes Iditarod, then learns Montana house destroyed
Barely an hour after Rick Larson finished his first Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, he learned his house caught fire and burned to the ground on a bluff overlooking the Montana town of Sand Coulee.

Title wasn't to be
Hands and height beat a lot of heart Saturday night in Sullivan Arena. Under siege from Dimond's steal-hungry guards and unable to answer the Lynx's towering post presence, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team fell to Dimond 58-38 in the Class 4A state title game.

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

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Alaska Democrats favor Kerry in statewide caucuses
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry emerged as the favored presidential candidate among Alaska Democrats who attended district caucuses Saturday in Juneau, Sitka, Fairbanks, Soldotna, the Matanuska-Susitna region and rural areas.

Photo: Honoring a French stalwart
From left, U.S. Ambassador to France Howard H. Leach, Sen. Fritz Hollings, R-S.C., Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, Sen. John Warner, R-W.Va, and France's Helie de Noailles, president of the American Revolution's Sons association, pay respect at the grave of the Marquis de Lafayette on Saturday at the Picpus cemetery in Paris. A resolution of the U.S. Congress proclaimed Lafayette to be a citizen of the USA.

California company eyes Ketchikan for wood waste facility
A California company is considering Ketchikan for a plant that would convert wood waste and garbage into ethanol. Mike Kauhfer, vice president of marketing for Nova Fuels, said his company may build a plant that would produce 15 million to 16 million gallons of ethanol a year.

Skier shoots charging moose
An Anchorage man shot a moose trotting toward him on the city's coastal trail, a year after he was stomped and seriously injured by another moose

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