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Saturday, March 22, 2003

Blame the U.N., Clinton
I was on active duty during the first Gulf war, and in the 12 years since then the Iraqis and Saddam Hussein have thumbed their noses at the U.S., the U.N., and the rest of the world while their regime of terror continued with business as usual.

The comfort of candles
I was so discouraged last night. Not able to attend the candlelight peace walks around town, I put four candles in my windows. Their lonely little flames against the night led me to think of how futile they are when compared to the dazzle of television lights or the glare of bombs bursting houses.

Timber protection gone
I was perplexed by last week's reports on the latest USFS Record of Decision on the Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP). All the media coverage I encountered stressed "no new wilderness areas," but neglected a more immediate result of the action.

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

This Day in History
In 1913, Gov. Walter E. Clark signed the first law of the first Alaska Legislature, providing for Women's Suffrage.

Photo: Boat fire
Firefighters Lt. Scott Fergusson, right, and Kelly Leamer are shown on board the fishing vessel McClure Bay, whose galley caught fire about noon Thursday at the Auke Bay harbor. No one was injured. Damage, confined to the galley, was estimated at $4,000.

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

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, a story in Thursday's This Week section gave the wrong day of the week for a performance of the children's play "Number the Stars."

FYI
Births

Crafters' Resource: Jo-Ann Fabrics holds its grand opening todayv
Juneau crafters roamed the aisles of Jo-Ann Fabrics this morning, caressing fabrics, browsing sewing patterns and chatting with other shoppers about their new projects. "I'm on a new high-fiber diet," joked Caroll Douglas, a home economist who was checking out the wide variety of fabrics available at the store's grand opening celebration today. "All of these fibers - cotton, linen, wool - they really make you feel good."

Imagine having 60 miles of sandy beach in Southeast
They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, from Psalm 107, evokes in magnificent fashion men and women, who make their living from the sea. Born in 1950, Roger Gregg of Juneau came to Alaska as a boy of 13. He started fishing with his stepfather, Cliff Mortensen, as a set-netter on the Akwe and Alsek rivers south of Yakutat. A set-net is anchored to the shore in contrast to the more usual gill net, which is allowed to drift.

Thank you
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DeLong named Mason of the Year
Lifetime Alaskan and longtime Juneau resident David DeLong received the distinguished designation Alaska Mason of the Year from the , Masonic Grand Lodge of , which met for its yearly session in Fairbanks, Feb. 5-7. A three- page citation listed his contributions and was accompanied by a medal. Also honored was Dan McCrummen, master of Mount Juneau-Gastineau Lodge No. 21 F&AM, for excellence in 2002.

Academic honors
Brittany Rohm of Auke Bay has been named to the dean's list at University of Nevada at Reno for fall of 2002.

Photo: Award-winning students
Members of the 21st Century Grant After-School Video Editing Club at Floyd Dryden Middle School entered the fourth annual statewide iDidaMovie Contest and won first prize and $200 in the Teaching and Learning in Alaska category.

What's at stake with high stakes testing?
Anyone who spends significant time with children can attest to the wonder their constant questioning elicits. Just today I answered these questions put forth by my 3 1/2 year-old: "Where is that bug going?" "Where are the Northern Lights?" "Why can't I put my grilled cheese in the VCR?" Children have a desire to learn for the pure joy of answering their own questions. I fear that we are drowning their innate inquisitiveness with this federally mandated flood of standardized tests. Learning is anything but standard or predictable or even always measurable. It is idiosyncratic. It is constantly shifting. It is often invisible.

Maryellen Brown
Juneau resident Maryellen Brown, 69, died March 20, 2003, in Juneau.

My Turn: The case for year-round ice at Treadwell Arena
Congratulations to the CBJ, the Douglas Fourth of July Committee, and everyone who helped bring an indoor sheet of ice to Juneau! The arena is up and skaters are on the ice. Overall, there have been few glitches in the first few weeks of operation. I would also like to congratulate and thank the arena management and staff for their commitment to smooth operations.

My Turn: A call to prayer in the time of war
It was eye-opening, to read that 88,000 military men and women have asked to be "adopted for prayer" in this time of war. See www.presidentialprayerteam.org if you wish to register or adopt the name and branch of your relative or friend. How could we not respond to such a request?

Skagway sleepwalks in opener
Visibly tired from an end-of-the-season road trip, the Skagway boys basketball team managed to pull out a 52-29 victory over the Hoonah Braves in Thursday's opening round of the Region V-Class 2A tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School's main gym. A highly explosive team this season, the Panthers didn't display their usual offensive prowess but still managed to virtually control the entire game.

Roughhouse Friday bouts feature four Southeast champions
Roughhouse Friday boxing fans will get to see all three current Southeast Showdown champions, plus a former champ is coming out of retirement to fight in tonight's card at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. The champion-laden card is a rarity for March, since this year's Southeast Showdown is April 11 - 21 days from now.

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

There's doubt this year in women's tournament
The NCAA women's basketball tournament will start with some grumbling over travel and an outcome in doubt. Heck, there might even be a few upsets in the early rounds, something rare in the women's tournament. A year ago, the only thing that could have kept Connecticut from winning the national championship might have been failing to get to the arena on time.

Juneau Boys lose to Wasilla 45-43
The Wasilla Warriors rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to defeat the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears boys basketball squad, 45-43, in the state tournament semifinals Friday night.

Inside out
ANCHORAGE - Earlier this season, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team keyed off the 3. These days, the Crimson Bears are thriving inside. Juneau's Byron Wild scored 24 points - most from in the paint - as the Juneau boys edged East Anchorage, 68-63, to open Class 4A state tournament play on Thursday at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

Craig boys roll on at Class 3A state tournament; Petersburg girls win
ANCHORAGE - The Craig boys basketball team continued its quest to go from Class 3A state runner-up to champion on Thursday; the Mount Edgecumbe girls very nearly ended another. Craig beat Delta Junction, 54-47, advancing the Panthers' drive to improve on last year's second-place state finish, while Mount Edgecumbe gave top-ranked and 2002 state runner-up Monroe Catholic a scare, leading much of the game before the Rams pulled in front late for a 38-35 win at the state basketball tournament in Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

Juneau girls sent home by Dimond
ANCHORAGE - Once again, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team's journey proved to be far better than the destination.

State Briefs
Design for new HS under review; Safety Fair offered Saturday; No dramatic security measures in Alaska; CG plans helicopter pad in Ketchikan; UAA building becomes Wells Fargo Sports Center;

Haines set to improve Tlingit Park
Haines children are getting a new place to romp this summer, and the town is calling on its Southeast neighbors to lend a hand to make it happen. Haines residents and volunteers from throughout Southeast will work for five days to build a wooden playground at Tlingit Park. Organizers are looking for three shifts of 100 people a day to work from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 14-18. The park is scheduled to open May 19.

Lawyers question firefighters about Big Lake blaze
PALMER - Lawyers for property owners who were victims of the 1996 Big Lake fire questioned two high-ranking state firefighters this week in a class-action lawsuit. Firefighters Mark Bertels and John See were asked about a variety of things, including lost notebooks containing details about the fire and a fire forecast that never reached the field commander.

BLM to prepare environmental study of NPR-A proposals
FAIRBANKS - The Bureau of Land Management will begin writing a draft environmental impact statement on five proposed drilling sites in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The agency on Thursday concluded a series of public meetings on the topic. It will field written comments until March 31, with the draft EIS expected this fall.

Fairbanks man has big plans for burn barrel business
FAIRBANKS - A visit with his sister several years ago ignited Ken Soles' business idea - customized burn barrels. Now, his business has customers wondering why they didn't think of perfecting the burn barrel first. In the late '90s, Soles was staying with his sister in North Pole when the Florida transplant began to understand why many Alaskans rely on burn barrels. He soon saw how his sister's old incinerator might be improved.

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