Friday, March 24, 2000

Organizers planning Million Mom March for gun control
WASHINGTON - It had to be mothers who'd think of the march, they believe, mothers who are passionately, painfully, overpoweringly angry. Every day, nearly 12 children ages 19 and younger are killed, they say - shot by one another, by adults, by themselves. Now the mothers want, no, demand, that something be done about guns. And to deliver that plea, they are coming here on Mother's Day. They're calling it the Million Mom March.

Former hostage wins $341 million verdict against Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former hostage Terry Anderson and his family were awarded $341 million from Iran today by a federal judge who said his treatment during his nearly seven years of captivity in Beirut was ``savage and cruel by any civilized standards.''

Former hostage wins $341 million verdict against Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former hostage Terry Anderson and his family were awarded $341 million from Iran today by a federal judge who said his treatment during his nearly seven years of captivity in Beirut was ``savage and cruel by any civilized standards.''

Organizers planning Million Mom March for gun control
WASHINGTON - It had to be mothers who'd think of the march, they believe, mothers who are passionately, painfully, overpoweringly angry. Every day, nearly 12 children ages 19 and younger are killed, they say - shot by one another, by adults, by themselves. Now the mothers want, no, demand, that something be done about guns. And to deliver that plea, they are coming here on Mother's Day. They're calling it the Million Mom March.

Best bets
Kayaking adventures, award-winning fiction, playreading and the Oscars are all in store this weekend.

Spring a time of spiritual renewal too
We are heading toward Easter at breakneck speed. It won't be long before the flowers are blooming, the driveways are ice-free and daylight-saving time is just around the corner. I love renewal. It happens this way every year.

Neighbors briefly

Neighbors briefly

Thank you . . .

FYI

Best bets
Kayaking adventures, award-winning fiction, playreading and the Oscars are all in store this weekend.

Spring a time of spiritual renewal too
We are heading toward Easter at breakneck speed. It won't be long before the flowers are blooming, the driveways are ice-free and daylight-saving time is just around the corner. I love renewal. It happens this way every year.

FYI

Obituaries
George Jackson, Jeffery Alan Bjerkeset

Obituaries
George Jackson, Jeffery Alan Bjerkeset

Awards, honors, enlistments and graduations
Amy Lynne Pisa was named to the honor roll at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wa., for the fall quarter of 1999.

Obituaries
Louise A. Peppercorn

Around town

Around town

Thank you . . .

Around town

Around town

Awards, honors, enlistments and graduations
Amy Lynne Pisa was named to the honor roll at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wa., for the fall quarter of 1999.

Obituaries
Louise A. Peppercorn

Briefly

Writer, teacher tackles the big questions
A secret network smuggling Chinese immigrants into Washington state and a ruptured tanker gushing oil into Alaska waters are hot topics for John Keeble.

Entertainment calendar

Briefly

Writer, teacher tackles the big questions
A secret network smuggling Chinese immigrants into Washington state and a ruptured tanker gushing oil into Alaska waters are hot topics for John Keeble.

The British are coming
Rolling up the rugs and cranking up a live band for a house dance can be a good way to get Juneau police to your party.

The British are coming
Rolling up the rugs and cranking up a live band for a house dance can be a good way to get Juneau police to your party.

Entertainment calendar

UAS will play host to this year's Renaissance Faire
Knights in chain mail and boiled leather will defend their honor in the kingdom of Auke Bay on Saturday.

Artist profile
Kevin Miller works with wood, turning alder and mountain ash on a lathe to create a variety of functional and decorative items. A Turn for the Better is the name of his home-based business.

UAS will play host to this year's Renaissance Faire
Knights in chain mail and boiled leather will defend their honor in the kingdom of Auke Bay on Saturday.

Artist profile
Kevin Miller works with wood, turning alder and mountain ash on a lathe to create a variety of functional and decorative items. A Turn for the Better is the name of his home-based business.

Police and fire blotter

State and local briefly

Schools may lose $75,000
A bill to limit runaway state spending on public school transportation would cost the Juneau School District about $75,000 a year, local officials say.

State school board member loses seat after Web fray
Robert Gottstein, who started a Web page asking citizens to pick the top five ``clowns'' in the Legislature, has not been reappointed to the state Board of Education.

Juneau residents outdoing other Alaskans on census
Juneau is earning bureaucratic brownie points by returning census forms at a greater rate than all other Alaska cities - but we could make an even better showing.

BP offers concession on exports
WASHINGTON - BP Amoco will stop exporting Alaska crude oil and divert the 60,000 barrels a day to California if it gets approval for its merger with Atlantic Richfield Co., the British-based oil company said Thursday. The oil would be moved through Arco's West Coast refining and marketing system instead.

Permafund plan may trigger tax
The Internal Revenue Service could get the biggest Alaska Permanent Fund dividend check ever if either of two measures before the Legislature is approved.

Senate bill loosens wolf-shooting restrictions
JUNEAU - Anyone with a valid hunting license could use land-and-shoot tactics to kill wolves in much of the state if a bill passed Thursday by the Senate becomes law.

Police and fire blotter

Bears awake in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Several people have reported seeing bears roaming the Hillside neighborhood of Anchorage, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game official said.

State school board member loses seat after Web fray
Robert Gottstein, who started a Web page asking citizens to pick the top five ``clowns'' in the Legislature, has not been reappointed to the state Board of Education.

Commissioner takes pitch on the road
Bob Poe knows it's going to be a tough sell asking legislators to spend about $14 million on labor contracts.

Senate working to slash $30 million off state budget
The Senate's version of a state operating budget for the next fiscal year will be up for public testimony tonight.

Workers' sick leave triggers clash
Some senators say a sick leave provision in a tentative labor contract could cost the state as much as $24 million - nearly the cost of a dozen new state labor contracts combined.

Court ruling halts tobacco checks in Alaska
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Washington will hamper tobacco control efforts in Alaska.

Correction

Liquor retailers fear DMV theft may spawn fake licenses
ANCHORAGE - Some of Alaska's liquor purveyors expect to see a surge of phony drivers' licenses from underage drinkers following the weekend theft of plastic laminate sleeves from a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Alaskans ask Senate for more education money in budget
Senate budget-writers listened to the concerns and criticisms of Alaskans last night over how the state intends to spend its money.

State and local briefly

Many open to allowing tours on local trails
About half of area residents who responded to a survey don't mind some commercial use of local hiking trails. A city advisory group used data from the audit to recommend at a Centennial Hall presentation Thursday night that 18 of the 63 city trails considered be made available for commercial permitting.

Bill boots game off state ballot
Wolves, moose and other animals could vanish from the voting booth in Alaska.

Court ruling halts tobacco checks in Alaska
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Washington will hamper tobacco control efforts in Alaska.

BP offers concession on exports
WASHINGTON - BP Amoco will stop exporting Alaska crude oil and divert the 60,000 barrels a day to California if it gets approval for its merger with Atlantic Richfield Co., the British-based oil company said Thursday. The oil would be moved through Arco's West Coast refining and marketing system instead.

Timber sale on hold as bears, impact studied
Appeals by local environmental groups delayed a timber sale near Tenakee Springs for at least eight months.

Liquor retailers fear DMV theft may spawn fake licenses
ANCHORAGE - Some of Alaska's liquor purveyors expect to see a surge of phony drivers' licenses from underage drinkers following the weekend theft of plastic laminate sleeves from a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Permafund plan may trigger tax
The Internal Revenue Service could get the biggest Alaska Permanent Fund dividend check ever if either of two measures before the Legislature is approved.

Schools may lose $75,000
A bill to limit runaway state spending on public school transportation would cost the Juneau School District about $75,000 a year, local officials say.

Senate bill loosens wolf-shooting restrictions
JUNEAU - Anyone with a valid hunting license could use land-and-shoot tactics to kill wolves in much of the state if a bill passed Thursday by the Senate becomes law.

State and local briefly

Bears awake in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Several people have reported seeing bears roaming the Hillside neighborhood of Anchorage, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game official said.

Delegation launches another effort to open ANWR
Alaska's congressional delegation is pressing for a rider on a 2001 budget measure to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Police and fire blotter

Timber sale on hold as bears, impact studied
Appeals by local environmental groups delayed a timber sale near Tenakee Springs for at least eight months.

Many open to allowing tours on local trails
About half of area residents who responded to a survey don't mind some commercial use of local hiking trails. A city advisory group used data from the audit to recommend at a Centennial Hall presentation Thursday night that 18 of the 63 city trails considered be made available for commercial permitting.

Bill boots game off state ballot
Wolves, moose and other animals could vanish from the voting booth in Alaska.

Alaskans ask Senate for more education money in budget
Senate budget-writers listened to the concerns and criticisms of Alaskans last night over how the state intends to spend its money.

Juneau residents outdoing other Alaskans on census
Juneau is earning bureaucratic brownie points by returning census forms at a greater rate than all other Alaska cities - but we could make an even better showing.

Correction

Senate working to slash $30 million off state budget
The Senate's version of a state operating budget for the next fiscal year will be up for public testimony tonight.

Workers' sick leave triggers clash
Some senators say a sick leave provision in a tentative labor contract could cost the state as much as $24 million - nearly the cost of a dozen new state labor contracts combined.

Police and fire blotter

Commissioner takes pitch on the road
Bob Poe knows it's going to be a tough sell asking legislators to spend about $14 million on labor contracts.

Attitude drives Juneau woman during her 100 years on Earth
Anna Renne Hitchcock's death certificate was written in 1919, but she's celebrating her 100th birthday next Wednesday.

State and local briefly

Attitude drives Juneau woman during her 100 years on Earth
Anna Renne Hitchcock's death certificate was written in 1919, but she's celebrating her 100th birthday next Wednesday.

Delegation launches another effort to open ANWR
Alaska's congressional delegation is pressing for a rider on a 2001 budget measure to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Where killing women is an honor
Mufti Ziauddin runs his finger down a chart that grimly chronicles the ``Status of Court Cases for Murdered Women.''

Marriage analogy is off the mark
Letter by Chip Thoma

Waiting period for abortions reasonable
ouse Bill 329, which would require a 24-hour delay before a woman could have an abortion, had its first hearing this week and already the battle lines are drawn.

Former DOT execs favor road
Letter by Warren Wild, Sandy WilliamsJon Scribner, Robert Martin

Waiting period for abortions reasonable
ouse Bill 329, which would require a 24-hour delay before a woman could have an abortion, had its first hearing this week and already the battle lines are drawn.

Looking for answers on maintenance
Alaska Air Flight 261 went down off the Ventura County coast nearly two months ago, killing all 88 passengers and crew aboard. Since that time, the federal investigation into the cause of the crash has focused on the MD-80 aircraft's tail stabilizer system and, more specifically, on a single jackscrew, or bolt. Was it properly maintained?

Word of mouth

Welcome Gold Medal Tournament members
We'd like to take a moment to welcome all the players, sponsors, friends and family coming to Juneau for next week's Gold Medal Tournament.

Where killing women is an honor
Mufti Ziauddin runs his finger down a chart that grimly chronicles the ``Status of Court Cases for Murdered Women.''

Alaskans and the presidential primaries
Like so many Alaskans, I've been following the presidential primaries over the past few months. I'm not at all surprised at the outcome: Bush and Gore were the frontrunners at the outset and I never thought that the challenges from McCain or Bradley had much of a chance. My guess is that Alaska will vote for Bush in the fall - he's clearly the more conservative candidate - but Gore should have supporters in Alaska as well.

Letter distorted violence realities
Letter by Chris Joy

Word of mouth

Juneau Five challenged federal law, not state
Letter by Wanda Culp

Former DOT execs favor road
Letter by Warren Wild, Sandy WilliamsJon Scribner, Robert Martin

Word of mouth

Looking for answers on maintenance
Alaska Air Flight 261 went down off the Ventura County coast nearly two months ago, killing all 88 passengers and crew aboard. Since that time, the federal investigation into the cause of the crash has focused on the MD-80 aircraft's tail stabilizer system and, more specifically, on a single jackscrew, or bolt. Was it properly maintained?

Letter distorted violence realities
Letter by Chris Joy

Welcome Gold Medal Tournament members
We'd like to take a moment to welcome all the players, sponsors, friends and family coming to Juneau for next week's Gold Medal Tournament.

Juneau Five challenged federal law, not state
Letter by Wanda Culp

Alaskans and the presidential primaries
Like so many Alaskans, I've been following the presidential primaries over the past few months. I'm not at all surprised at the outcome: Bush and Gore were the frontrunners at the outset and I never thought that the challenges from McCain or Bradley had much of a chance. My guess is that Alaska will vote for Bush in the fall - he's clearly the more conservative candidate - but Gore should have supporters in Alaska as well.

Word of mouth

Marriage analogy is off the mark
Letter by Chip Thoma

Body-builder trains to be new Mr. Alaska
Corey Pavitt stood atop a folding table, naked except for a pair of bikini briefs. The anatomy class of mostly women stared, awe-struck, and then began to coo and holler as Pavitt turned and flexed his bulging quadriceps muscle.

Bears battle Warriors in first round
ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team will face a familiar foe when the Crimson Bears tip off for the first round of the Class 4A state tournament at Sullivan Arena.

Mt. Edgecumbe girls, Wrangell boys aim for titles
ANCHORAGE - The Mount Edgecumbe girls basketball team is one of the top contenders to win the Class 3A statate tournament, but in order to improve on their recent fourth-place finishes the Braves will have beat the Eielson Ravens in today's 5:35 p.m. first-round game at Sullivan Arena.

Wrangell falls in first round
ANCHORAGE -- Wrangell boys basketball coach Ray Stokes was blunt in his assessment of the Wolves' performance in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament Thursday at Sullivan Arena.

Crimson Bears upset Warriors
ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team will face a familiar foe when the Crimson Bears tip off for the first round of the Class 4A state tournament at Sullivan Arena.

Hoonah holds of Yakutat
A senior-laden Hoonah boys basketball team proved its toughness in the fourth quarter, as the Braves held off Yakutat 47-44 in the Region V-Class 2A tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School Thursday.

Bears battle Warriors in first round
ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team will face a familiar foe when the Crimson Bears tip off for the first round of the Class 4A state tournament at Sullivan Arena.

Crimson Bears upset Warriors
ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team will face a familiar foe when the Crimson Bears tip off for the first round of the Class 4A state tournament at Sullivan Arena.

Body-builder trains to be new Mr. Alaska
Corey Pavitt stood atop a folding table, naked except for a pair of bikini briefs. The anatomy class of mostly women stared, awe-struck, and then began to coo and holler as Pavitt turned and flexed his bulging quadriceps muscle.

Mt. Edgecumbe falls to Eielson, 46-40
ANCHORAGE - The Mount Edgecumbe girls basketball team entered the Class 3A state tournament with high hopes of winning their first state

Mt. Edgecumbe girls, Wrangell boys aim for titles
ANCHORAGE - The Mount Edgecumbe girls basketball team is one of the top contenders to win the Class 3A statate tournament, but in order to improve on their recent fourth-place finishes the Braves will have beat the Eielson Ravens in today's 5:35 p.m. first-round game at Sullivan Arena.

Wrangell falls in first round
ANCHORAGE -- Wrangell boys basketball coach Ray Stokes was blunt in his assessment of the Wolves' performance in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament Thursday at Sullivan Arena.

Hoonah holds of Yakutat
A senior-laden Hoonah boys basketball team proved its toughness in the fourth quarter, as the Braves held off Yakutat 47-44 in the Region V-Class 2A tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School Thursday.

Mt. Edgecumbe falls to Eielson, 46-40
ANCHORAGE - The Mount Edgecumbe girls basketball team entered the Class 3A state tournament with high hopes of winning their first state

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