Monday, March 22, 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.

First National Bank donates assistance kits
Juneau - First National Bank Alaska has donated $1,500 toward providing free business assistance kits to Juneau Small Business Development Center clients in the coming year.

Local physician opens weight management clinic
Juneau - John Krehlik, a local physician, has opened the Alaska Weight Management Clinic to assist significantly overweight people in achieving their health goals.

DeSmet Music changes name to Full Circle Music
Juneau - DeSmet Music Studio changed its business name to Full Circle Music this year.

Making Southeast into ghost towns
In an effort to keep up with the state's political issues, I have been browsing the Juneau Empire more frequently than I had in the past. It seems that our ongoing worry is our governor and his agenda. What is his agenda, exactly?

Legislators should reflect on violence
In reference to the incident reported in the March 7 Juneau Empire, and the March 14 Letter to the Editor by Julie Ward of Juneau, one should hope that the two esteemed legislators will embrace their public positions enough to bring good out of their evening of poor judgment.

Make planning school programs a priority
I want to thank Eric Fry for his excellent article in Sunday's Empire (3/14, "Big or Small? Which Works?"). The article highlights the importance of program planning before construction planning.

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."

A good move to end financial abuse
State Education Commissioner Roger Sampson is headed in the right direction as he tries to tighten up state rules for "correspondence" schools.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maggie Wigen's killer remains a threat
Maggie Wigen was my granddaughter and not a day goes by that I don't think of her and the fact that this human animal that ended her young life is still free to roam about and perhaps end some other person's daughter or granddaughter's life.

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.

Knowledge alone is no cure to racism
I am sure that education is a very valuable way of altering the thought process of some people. I wonder if knowledge alone will alter the motives of students that are displaying their true nature.

Alaska Republicans want total power
Whether we like it or not, voters have given Alaska Republicans almost total power over everyone's valuables for the past 10 years. So, what's up with the Republicans coming up with $84.5 billion to keep schools afloat next year, only on the condition that the Democrats give up the smidgen of power they have?

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.

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.

Do city officials have dental insurance?
I'm fed up with people telling me how outrageous it was for city officials to quietly stop fluoridating our drinking water.

Fluoride issue belongs on the ballot
Your opinion article regarding fluoride is a typically narrow-minded, ad hominem attack on a serious issue. You provide no scientific evidence to back up your assertion. Your small-mindedness does a disservice to the people of this community.

There's discrimination throughout Juneau
I would like to comment on the discrimination that has been evident for so many years.

Ferry bashers can now blame Ketchikan
The pending move of the ferry system headquarters to Ketchikan will have one benefit - the ferry bashers will no longer be able to blame Juneau for all of the system's problems.

Gov. Murkowski is a threat to jobs
It still has me stumped why there has been no response whatsoever when the governor's mouthpiece showed all of you in black and white print that by June he (the governor) would be getting rid of 200 state jobs.

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.

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

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

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

For boat vendors, it has been a 'buying year'
As of 2 p.m. Sunday, Willie Harris and his boat dealership, Willie's Marine Inc., had sold nine boats during the Glacier Valley Rotary Boat show, March 19-21 at Centennial Hall.

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

Around Town
Today: Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175. Toddler Time, 10 a.m., downtown library. Toddler Time at the Mendenhall Valley library starts at 11 a.m. Details: 586-5303.

McConnochie given award for business advocacy
Juneau consultant Peggy Ann McConnochie has been active in real estate organizations, politics, community events and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. For her accomplishments, on Thursday she was named the Small Business Champion for Alaska by the National Federation of Independent Business.

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.

Marching to end discrimination
David Evenson, 13, holds his sign up high during a march in Juneau on Sunday that was part of the second annual Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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.

Still a player
For Meagan Gleason, the future isn't so far away from her past.

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

Editoral cartoon by Toe
Sunday cartoon by local artist Toe.

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.

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?

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

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

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

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.

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.

Cochran, Kildow win slaloms at U.S. championships
GIRDWOOD, Alaska - One of America's first families of ski racing has another championship.

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.

Hydaburg, Angoon earn state berths
BY NICK FIRCHAU

In with the New to open C Bracket play
It was a little out with the old and in with the new in the Old Timer's division on Sunday, the opening day of the 58th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

58th Gold Medal tourney tips off
Those Gold Medal Basketball Tournament fans who always wondered how a B Bracket team would do against an A Bracket squad got their answer Sunday. And the result? A B Bracket team can do quite well.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Skagway girls edge Yakutat for region hoops title
KETCHIKAN - The Skagway High School girls basketball team kept its cool when it counted on Saturday night in Ketchikan, as the Panthers closed the Region V-Class 2A championship game on a 11-1 run to beat Yakutat 39-34, giving Skagway its first regional title in school history.

Sports in Juneau
New Calender Items: Raincountry Flyfishers monthly meeting - Meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, at the Mendenhall River Community School library.

Gold Medal Boxscores
Gold Medal Boxscores

Pistons hand Cavaliers worst loss since All-Star break
By JOE MILICIA

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.

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.

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.

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.

Juneau girls basketball: 2004 state runners-up
Above, Juneau seniors Kendri Cesar, left, and Nicole Lupro, center, and junior Mary Rehfeld watch the action on the court late in Saturday's 58-38 loss to Dimond in the state final.

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

New postmaster's dreams of Alaska are delivered
FAIRBANKS - Keith Coleman has come a long way from walking door-to-door delivering mail along his roughly seven-mile route in Kansas City, Mo.

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.

Northwest Digest
Wire Reports

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1927, the Sunny Point Cannery at Ketchikan was destroyed by fire.

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

Stevens Village tribal council purchases land for bison ranch
FAIRBANKS - The Stevens Village Tribal Council is planning to raise bison on 2,080 acres of land near Delta Junction.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Death of belugas may imperil subsistence hunt in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE - Biologists say so many beluga whales died last year in upper Cook Inlet that Alaska Natives should forgo a subsistence hunt next summer.

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.

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