Thursday, March 22, 2001

Thank You

Engaged

Obituary

Pet of the Week

Around Town

Gardening
The varied thrush sings his one note song as he looks over his empire, seeing the nodding pearls on those wriggling withes that are the buds of salmonberries and the slippery fingertips of new growth clutching elderberry stems as the urge to grow expands over his domain. Wrapping the foreshore, sliding up the sunny slopes and concentrating in hollows hidden from the wind, the first shoots and emergent tips are returning to our part of the universe. They carry tales from the other side, that underground world; the root-wrapped paradise where life is lived at another, much slower speed.

Science grants help students study ecosystems
Hands-on science has become the rule at Glacier Valley Elementary since two fifth grade teachers there were awarded $5,000 grants by the Alaska Science & Technology Foundation or ASTF.

Engaged

Gardening
The varied thrush sings his one note song as he looks over his empire, seeing the nodding pearls on those wriggling withes that are the buds of salmonberries and the slippery fingertips of new growth clutching elderberry stems as the urge to grow expands over his domain. Wrapping the foreshore, sliding up the sunny slopes and concentrating in hollows hidden from the wind, the first shoots and emergent tips are returning to our part of the universe. They carry tales from the other side, that underground world; the root-wrapped paradise where life is lived at another, much slower speed.

Briefly

Briefly

Around Town

Renewing enthusiasm for life
Shortly after Elizabeth's husband passed away, she moved to Juneau to live with her son and daughter-in-law. At that time, Elizabeth was not in good health, physically or emotionally. She was depressed and afraid to be by herslef, yet her son Bill and his wife needed to go to work during the week, leaving her alone all day. Bill turned to his friend Dr. Susan Hunter-Joerns for help regarding his mom, who was weak, underweight, and in a wheelchair. Dr. Hunter-Joerns wrote a prescription which changed their lives.

Thank You

Around Town
Today

Renewing enthusiasm for life
Shortly after Elizabeth's husband passed away, she moved to Juneau to live with her son and daughter-in-law. At that time, Elizabeth was not in good health, physically or emotionally. She was depressed and afraid to be by herslef, yet her son Bill and his wife needed to go to work during the week, leaving her alone all day. Bill turned to his friend Dr. Susan Hunter-Joerns for help regarding his mom, who was weak, underweight, and in a wheelchair. Dr. Hunter-Joerns wrote a prescription which changed their lives.

Around Town
Today

Science grants help students study ecosystems
Hands-on science has become the rule at Glacier Valley Elementary since two fifth grade teachers there were awarded $5,000 grants by the Alaska Science & Technology Foundation or ASTF.

Pet of the Week

Obituary

Songwriter Cindy Pearson returns with a new sound
Cindy Pearson has reinvented herself in the name of having more fun.

Reveling in the roots of country and bluegrass
The Undertakin Daddies are self-described Post Atomic Hillbillies. Guitarist Bob Hamilton pauses as he describes what that means.

Briefly

Briefly

Life on the edge
Left, Hester La Negrita is overcome with emotion while telling her children a story in the play. La Negrita is a character of courage who has made bad choices, said Stacey Robinson, who plays her.

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Songwriter Cindy Pearson returns with a new sound
Cindy Pearson has reinvented herself in the name of having more fun.

Life on the edge
Left, Hester La Negrita is overcome with emotion while telling her children a story in the play. La Negrita is a character of courage who has made bad choices, said Stacey Robinson, who plays her.

Reveling in the roots of country and bluegrass
The Undertakin Daddies are self-described Post Atomic Hillbillies. Guitarist Bob Hamilton pauses as he describes what that means.

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

Head tax may go on state ballot
Cruise lines would pay a $75 head tax under a citizen initiative that industry critics want to see on the statewide election ballot next year.

Briefly

Low temps wipe out old records, new buds
Pans of skim ice on Gastineau Channel and drooping rhododendrons are two of the signs that Juneau is experiencing a chill unusual for the last half of March. But relief might be on the way this weekend.

Schools try for cash to save jobs
The Juneau School Board voted Tuesday to ask the city for $450,000 in federal timber-sale funds to save three teacher jobs, buy more textbooks and upgrade computers. But it may need to rethink the decision.

4 women honored for efforts to improve lives
Four women will be honored on Saturday by Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies for their contributions to the lives of women and children in Juneau.

Fast ferries running through choppy water at state Capitol
State transportation officials face skepticism in the House about whether their fast ferry concept for Southeast is being phased in properly.

Senate OKs bill giving diplomas to vets
JUNEAU - The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would let the state award diplomas to World War II veterans who didn't finish high school.

Golf course still on hold
Hoping to get a green light Tuesday from the Juneau Planning Commission on its permit to build a golf course on North Douglas, developer Totem Creek Inc. was told instead its application is incomplete.

Head tax may go on state ballot
Cruise lines would pay a $75 head tax under a citizen initiative that industry critics want to see on the statewide election ballot next year.

Golf course still on hold
Hoping to get a green light Tuesday from the Juneau Planning Commission on its permit to build a golf course on North Douglas, developer Totem Creek Inc. was told instead its application is incomplete.

Schools try for cash to save jobs
The Juneau School Board voted Tuesday to ask the city for $450,000 in federal timber-sale funds to save three teacher jobs, buy more textbooks and upgrade computers. But it may need to rethink the decision.

University breaks ground on new classroom wing
When University of Alaska Southeast student Josh Horst first arrived at the Juneau campus four years ago, he wondered what he'd gotten himself into.

University breaks ground on new classroom wing
When University of Alaska Southeast student Josh Horst first arrived at the Juneau campus four years ago, he wondered what he'd gotten himself into.

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

Push for cancer care bill
Speaking at a rally for women's health on the Capitol steps, Gov. Tony Knowles solicited support Wednesday for a bill that would pay for breast and cervical cancer treatment for some women who lack insurance.

Push for cancer care bill
Speaking at a rally for women's health on the Capitol steps, Gov. Tony Knowles solicited support Wednesday for a bill that would pay for breast and cervical cancer treatment for some women who lack insurance.

Low temps wipe out old records, new buds
Pans of skim ice on Gastineau Channel and drooping rhododendrons are two of the signs that Juneau is experiencing a chill unusual for the last half of March. But relief might be on the way this weekend.

Fast ferries running through choppy water at state Capitol
State transportation officials face skepticism in the House about whether their fast ferry concept for Southeast is being phased in properly.

4 women honored for efforts to improve lives
Four women will be honored on Saturday by Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies for their contributions to the lives of women and children in Juneau.

City retools tourism funds
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Wednesday carved money from several other tourist-related projects to help fund a shoreside electric system that will reduce smoke from some cruise ships.

Senate OKs bill giving diplomas to vets
JUNEAU - The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would let the state award diplomas to World War II veterans who didn't finish high school.

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

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

City retools tourism funds
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Wednesday carved money from several other tourist-related projects to help fund a shoreside electric system that will reduce smoke from some cruise ships.

Briefly

We must work with Forest Service to solve Juneau's noise problem
I spoke at the CBJ Assembly meeting Monday night to express my disappointment with the failure of flightseeing mediation. Despite the position of the hired consulting firm, Triangle Associates of Seattle, failure of mediation cannot be blamed on those who chose not to participate. Rather, failure was due to the decision to hire Triangle in the first place. Had the Forest Service employed an Alaska firm for mediation, the noise issue might have been resolved by now.

No job for an insider
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: The $100 billion-a-year pharmaceutical industry, which contributed $4.4 million to George W. Bush and the Republican Party in last year's election campaigns, is now pressing the administration to select one of three favored-son candidates to head the Food and Drug Administration.

Support vets', pioneers' home
Alaska's unique system of caring for its senior citizens in Pioneers' Homes was established by the territorial legislature in a Marine Corps barracks in Sitka. Now, 88 years after the first home was established, we can honor the contributions of Alaska's veterans while maintaining the same high quality of care for our seniors.

Word of Mouth
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We must work with Forest Service to solve Juneau's noise problem
I spoke at the CBJ Assembly meeting Monday night to express my disappointment with the failure of flightseeing mediation. Despite the position of the hired consulting firm, Triangle Associates of Seattle, failure of mediation cannot be blamed on those who chose not to participate. Rather, failure was due to the decision to hire Triangle in the first place. Had the Forest Service employed an Alaska firm for mediation, the noise issue might have been resolved by now.

No job for an insider
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: The $100 billion-a-year pharmaceutical industry, which contributed $4.4 million to George W. Bush and the Republican Party in last year's election campaigns, is now pressing the administration to select one of three favored-son candidates to head the Food and Drug Administration.

Pay down the debt
I don't think we should have a prosperity dividend at all. I believe the money should be used as a payment into the trillion dollar debt. The more that debt is ignored the more likely it will become a mortal wound, festering until it is too late to do anything about it.

Put on the brakes
With the end of our long dark nights in sight and the imminent start-up of another hectic, but lucrative tourist season, we are once again seeing more and more fall-out in the paper about Juneau's burgeoning tourism industry, that is to say:

Put on the brakes
With the end of our long dark nights in sight and the imminent start-up of another hectic, but lucrative tourist season, we are once again seeing more and more fall-out in the paper about Juneau's burgeoning tourism industry, that is to say:

Fur, sure
Some weeks ago I read a flap in the Empire regarding farmed salmon. I believe Foodland had some farmed fish fillets and the city Assembly reacted with a resolution denouncing fish farming and declaring Juneau to be a farmed fish-free zone. One Assembly person spoke about the evils for industrial fish farming and the need to protect the livelihood and lifestyle of Alaska fishermen.

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.

Stuck on doomed ship
Here we are in a different year with the same old bunch singing the same old song. When are we going to see our Legislature walk the talk about fiscal responsibility instead of paying us lip service?

Encourage quieter helicopters
It sounds too obvious, but one of the simplest ways to reduce helicopter noise is to use quieter helicopters.

Support vets', pioneers' home
Alaska's unique system of caring for its senior citizens in Pioneers' Homes was established by the territorial legislature in a Marine Corps barracks in Sitka. Now, 88 years after the first home was established, we can honor the contributions of Alaska's veterans while maintaining the same high quality of care for our seniors.

Encourage quieter helicopters
It sounds too obvious, but one of the simplest ways to reduce helicopter noise is to use quieter helicopters.

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.

The selection of judges
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: President Bush's advisers this week formally notified the American Bar Association that they will no longer ask the professional group to screen potential judges on the basis of competence, integrity and suitability. That this strategy is inimical to the nation's fundamental interest in an independent judiciary is obvious. That conservatives pursue this ideological course at the peril of their own cause is equally certain.

Stuck on doomed ship
Here we are in a different year with the same old bunch singing the same old song. When are we going to see our Legislature walk the talk about fiscal responsibility instead of paying us lip service?

Fur, sure
Some weeks ago I read a flap in the Empire regarding farmed salmon. I believe Foodland had some farmed fish fillets and the city Assembly reacted with a resolution denouncing fish farming and declaring Juneau to be a farmed fish-free zone. One Assembly person spoke about the evils for industrial fish farming and the need to protect the livelihood and lifestyle of Alaska fishermen.

The selection of judges
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: President Bush's advisers this week formally notified the American Bar Association that they will no longer ask the professional group to screen potential judges on the basis of competence, integrity and suitability. That this strategy is inimical to the nation's fundamental interest in an independent judiciary is obvious. That conservatives pursue this ideological course at the peril of their own cause is equally certain.

Pay down the debt
I don't think we should have a prosperity dividend at all. I believe the money should be used as a payment into the trillion dollar debt. The more that debt is ignored the more likely it will become a mortal wound, festering until it is too late to do anything about it.

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.

Kake claims top seeds in Region V-Class 2A tourney
The Kake High School boys and girls basketball teams came out second best at last year's Region V-Class 2A tournament.

Kake claims top seeds in Region V-Class 2A tourney
The Kake High School boys and girls basketball teams came out second best at last year's Region V-Class 2A tournament.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Alaska State Hoops Polls

Tompkins back in action, crashes
It wasn't the best return to action, but U.S. Disabled Ski Team member Joe Tompkins of Juneau was back on the slopes today at the U.S. Disabled Alpine Championships despite two broken legs.

Boozer returns for Duke, but what's in store?
Duke's Carlos Boozer is a big man who brings with him a characteristic that is invisible, yet impossible to ignore.

Local Scoreboard: Region V Standings

Local Scoreboard: Racquetball, Tennis & Badminton tournaments

Tompkins back in action, crashes
It wasn't the best return to action, but U.S. Disabled Ski Team member Joe Tompkins of Juneau was back on the slopes today at the U.S. Disabled Alpine Championships despite two broken legs.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Region V Standings

Local Scoreboard: Alaska State Hoops Polls

Local Scoreboard: Racquetball, Tennis & Badminton tournaments

Boozer returns for Duke, but what's in store?
Duke's Carlos Boozer is a big man who brings with him a characteristic that is invisible, yet impossible to ignore.

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