Saturday, March 23, 2002

Learn about ANWR in multi-media show
Protecting the Arctic Refuge is more than a conservation issue: It is a matter of cultural and human rights. The coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge is the core calving ground of the Porcupine caribou herd, and aboriginal people in the north have depended upon the caribou for thousands of generations for their subsistence needs.

Benefits come with easier bus access to dock area
I would like to comment on the Steamship Wharf/Marine Park Project. Two weeks ago, I attended a meeting where there was a presentation of the plans for this project. I was very impressed by all the hard work and effort the folks who work for our city had put into this project. They were trying to present something that would benefit the whole community, not just the downtown or tourist sector.

Lovely downtown irony: Lefties oppose buses
Oh, how I envy Don Smith! Someone who can generate more controversy than I - at last. As a citizen of the formative Independent Republic of Mendenhall, I can't say that I really give a rat's butt about what happens down in the People's Republic of Juneau. It's been years since the last time I was south of The Hangar or bought anything other than food and drinks in downtown Juneau.

Criminal activity observed
This is a burglar alert for my Lemon Creek neighbors. Yesterday at 10 a.m., my dog alerted me that someone was approaching my house. I was expecting a tradesman, so I looked through my window for a vehicle. There was no vehicle, and I could see no one. However, my dog was still acting funny, and I could hear voices, so I walked to front door to see what was going on.

Greed of trinket trade
Sorry, Don, but I have to agree with Kim Helmar's group. As someone who has to run the gauntlet twice a day to get to and from work, I don't want to see buses and people all over the only street to Thane Road.

When youthful creativity, rules of propriety collide
As is usually the case in controversial issues, the attention generated by the Empire's coverage of the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" issue has put the incident square in the face of thousands of us who otherwise might never have learned about it.

Selfish, egomaniacal, arrogant and haughty
Having been the victim of CAVE's (citizens against virtually everything) diatribe many times in the past, I admire the publisher of the Juneau Empire for having the courage to subject himself to the same drivel from the same group that has organized to become a cancer on the economic soul of our great community.

FYI
Births

Firefighters hack into downtown house to kill blaze
Firefighters battled a stubborn fire through holes cut into the roof and eaves of a downtown home for more than an hour Thursday afternoon. No one was hurt, but the house was damaged extensively. The Spruce Street fire was reported about 12:30 p.m. to Capital City Fire and Rescue by someone who noticed smoke and flames coming from the home, which is near Juneau-Douglas High School and Harborview Elementary School.

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

Native spoons draw anthropologist to Southeast
A bear cradles an otter in one carving. In another, a mysterious beast rests head-to-head with a human, their tongues connected. The elaborate Tlingit, Tsimshian and Haida carvings decorate the handles of 40 antique ceremonial spoons. The spoons were carved from goat and sheep horn, probably between 100 and 200 years ago. They have been in the collection of Harvard University's Peabody Museum for decades, but virtually nothing was known about them.

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

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Neighbors Briefs
UAS faculty contributes to many publications; Mapping the soundscape of Alaska on Day of Listening; Juneau resident is USCG Auxiliarist of the Year

PO Weller wins federal employee of the year award
Petty Officer Lori Weller of the U.S. Coast Guard was selected as the 2001 Juneau Federal Employee of the Year. She is an active duty Coast Guard reservist who has been serving since 1981. Petty Officer Weller is responsible for the research and production of time-sensitive maritime information in support of fisheries and law enforcement.

Juneau-Douglas High School honors students' efforts during Wednesday ceremony
Fourteen Juneau-Douglas High School students received Student Recognition awards for the month of March at a ceremony held Wednesday in the school library.

Thank You
... for all the help; ...for all the help

Metlakatla knocks off Nikiski
ANCHORAGE -- The Metlakatla Chiefs knocked off the third-ranked Nikiski Bulldogs 62-58 in the first round of the Alaska Class 3A Basketball Championships at Sullivan Arena on Thursday. For the Chiefs, it was the second big upset in a week. At the Region V-Class 3A tourney in Juneau last Thursday, Metlakatla beat then-No. 2 Wrangell 70-52 to earn a berth in the state tourney.

Craig boys advance to Class 3A title game
Raymond Douville scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Craig High School boys basketball team upset undefeated and top-ranked Barrow 70-68 Friday night, earning a spot in the Class 3A state basketball tournament championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday night at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

Indiana deposes Duke
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mike Davis sprinted to midcourt and disappeared from view. After waiting a lifetime for a chance, Davis got his, knowing full well there were forces lined up against him. When your team has just finished off one of the most improbable comebacks in NCAA Tournament history against the very team that symbolizes NCAA excellence, you have the right to celebrate however you want.

Juneau's Shultz to compete in Red Bull Extreme event
Launching off a 30-foot cliff into a pillow of deep powder, then carving flawless turns through a 55-degree chute in the Swiss Alps would be a pipe dream for most people. But for Juneau's Mark Shultz, the dream will become a reality this weekend when he competes at the seventh annual Red Bull Extreme snowboarding championships in Verbier, Switzerland. Shultz was selected as one of three American men in a field of 16 of the world's best extreme snowboarders.

Indiana ends Duke's reign as champion
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Duke's self-inflicted demise began with a missed layup and ended with a four-second flurry that will be long debated. But there is no debating this: The Blue Devils' reign as national champions ended Thursday night in a 74-73 defeat to Indiana in an NCAA South Regional semifinal at Rupp Arena.

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

Juneau boys advance at state tourney
ANCHORAGE -- The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears shook off some first-game tournament jitters and came away with a 51-38 win over the Colony Knights on Thursday.

Bartlett knocks Juneau girls out of tourney
ANCHORAGE -- The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team's season ended Friday morning as the Bartlett Golden Bears handed the Crimson Bears a 58-47 loss in the consolation round of the Class 4A Alaska State Basketball Championships. For 26 minutes, the Crimson Bears girls were the better team on the main court of Sullivan Arena. But the Golden Bears poured it on in the final six minutes, outscoring Juneau 20-10 in that stretch.

Juneau boys make it the state finals
ANCHORAGE -- Shooters keep shooting. Juneau's Curtis Lane went into the locker room at halftime with no points. He was a big donut -- 0-for-5 shooting from the field and 0-for-4 from 3-point range in the Crimson Bears' semifinal game against Wasilla on Friday night.

Mustangs corral No. 3 Crimson Bears, 38-30
ANCHORAGE -- For more than 10 minutes, the Juneau-Douglas girls could do nothing right and it cost them the first-round game, 38-30, against Chugiak in the Class 4A Alaska State Basketball Championships Thursday at the Sullivan Arena.

State Briefs
Triple bloopers land robber in jail; Scouts to collect food Saturday; Man pleads guilty to theft, assault; Coast Guard rescues man twice

Bill allows suits for giving kids booze
Adults who knowingly provide alcohol to minors would be held liable for civil damages under a bill that is making its way through the Legislature. Civil damages include those relating to personal injury, death, or damage to property.

Proposed budget cuts could disrupt mental health services
Proposed funding cuts may force officials to place people who attempt suicide and other emotionally ill people in jail or hospital emergency rooms because treatment beds won't be available, says a local mental health care provider.

State regulators accept BP valve safety plan
ANCHORAGE - State regulators have accepted BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.'s plan to improve the failure rate of wellhead safety valves at the Prudhoe Bay oil field.

Energy bill amendment allows regulation options for gas line
FAIRBANKS - Companies wanting to build a proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline would get to choose one of two sets of government regulations but would not have a say in the line's route, under new amendments to a U.S. Senate energy bill.

Court nixes redistricting board's plan
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the state's redistricting map and sent it back to the state Redistricting Board to be reworked, including a House district in Southeast. The map, which was approved by the five-member board last June, faced nine legal challenges. Plaintiffs included individuals, as well as the Republican Party, the cities of Anchorage, Valdez, Wasilla, Cordova and Craig, and the Aleutians East and the Lake and Peninsula boroughs.

Barrow whalers share harvest with English town
ANCHORAGE - Two of the largest jawbones in creation left Anchorage on Thursday morning, destined for an English city where they'll become an arch of friendship, shared history and cultural exchange. The bowhead whale bones - each 17 feet long and about 395 pounds - link the North Slope city of Barrow and its whaling culture to the old North Sea port of Whitby, a major English whaling center of the 19th century.

Permafund plan gains support
The House Finance Committee was poised today to tap into permanent fund earnings for more than $1.1 billion next year. A proposed endowment concept for the permanent fund, along with targeted revenue for schools and infrastructure maintenance, appeared this morning to have widespread approval on the committee, which was to resume deliberations later today.

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