Thursday, March 25, 2004

Don't toss butts out the window on Egan
To the woman driving her light brown GMC 4x4 pick-up truck with step sides on Egan Drive to town at about 7:45 Friday morning: I can certainly understand why you wouldn't want to dirty the inside of your nice looking truck with your cigarette butts.

Juneau opposes land swap
If this is starting to sound like a broken record, I apologize, but it is obvious that the majority of Juneau residents do not agree with Sen. Murkowski's giveaway of Berners Bay.

Pulling fluoride was unconscionable
Deciding to stop adding fluoride to the public water supply almost a year ago without informing the public is unconscionable.

Floride is hazardous to the health
With the recent fuss regarding fluoride in Juneau's water, I did some research and found that fluoride, or gas form fluorine, is a hazardous material that is a by-product of phosphate mining, which is placed in the drinking water to save corporate costs by not having to properly dispose of this toxic poison.

Decrease minimum wage and spending
Republicans and Democrats in the Senate Finance Committee want to raise taxes ("Senate Hashes Taxes, Permafund," March 18). However, the Governor's own report, "Taking Responsibility Today For Alaska's Tomorrow," issued late last year, cited out-of-control spending, not inadequate revenues, as the cause of Alaska's budget problems.

Other states have no fund to raid
I see in the paper that Rep. Carl Moses introduced another scheme to get the state's foot in the door in taking the permanent fund away from the Alaskan public. If the state ever does get their hands on part of it, they won't be satisfied until they have it all.

School budget response is overkill
Each year the district can carry over 10 percent of the budget if it wants to, according to Superintendent Peggy Cowen. That is about $4 million. They choose to carry forward between $500,000 and $2 million. This is sort of a rainy day account for hard times.

Stop spending on dangerous roads
So the Knik bridge is Congressman Don Young's Number One priority? Someone might want to tell that to state road planners down here in Juneau. According to the draft Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan, DOT is banking on over $1 billion in Congressional earmarks for the hundreds of miles of brand-spanking new roads slated for the region.

U.S. Forest Service should play fairly
This letter is in response to your online story by Masha Herbst. I find the Forest Service's request to harvest disturbing. In fact, I find it most difficult to accept given my past experience with the U.S. Forest Service and their district rangers.

State accommodates disabled students
It is not my practice to comment on lawsuits. However, news coverage of the lawsuit filed against the state on behalf of students with disabilities implied that state law does not provide accommodations that would allow them to demonstrate their knowledge fairly. This issue is too important for Alaskans to get incomplete information.

Keep the standardized in high school test
I find the very idea of changing the format of the standardized high school exit test to accommodate those with disabilities appalling. The purpose of a standardized test is to measure everyone who wants to graduate against the same standard.

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

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

District effort to lobby voters won't apply to school vote
The Juneau School Board has introduced a policy that will allow the district to spend public money to influence ballot propositions. But Superintendent Peggy Cowan said the board does not intend to spend money to influence the upcoming special election about building a high school at Dimond Park.

Corrections
Corrections and clarifications of local and state stories.

Teens charged in Valley burglary
An 18-year-old burglary suspect released from jail Tuesday is free to practice with the Juneau-Douglas High School soccer team, the magistrate said at his initial court appearance.

Opponents question proposed savings of move
Gov. Frank Murkowski says moving the ferry system headquarters to Ketchikan will save the state hundreds of thousands of dollars, but opponents of the move question the numbers.

A look at the numbers
The state released on March 8 an 11-page report used in the decision to move state ferry headquarters from Juneau to Ketchikan. The $3,750 study was conducted by Washington-based consulting firm Pacific Marine Technical Services.

What is tea?
True teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant, a warm-weather plant native to Southeast Asia. Camellia sinensis also has been planted in many tropical and subtropical areas.

Catching some rare rays
A playful tabby basks in the sunshine on the Fourth Street stairway Tuesday. The frisky feline - craving food or attention or both - jumped off the railing and left to continue its acrobatics at another downtown venue.

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

Spring?
C.J. June, 13, with an assist from his father, T.J. June, not shown, flies a kite Tuesday at Savikko Park. C.J. was taking advantage of a favorable southeast breeze on a springlike day.

Employees wage button rebellion
Administrators at the state ferry system were told last week their jobs would move to Ketchikan as early as this summer, but some of them aren't taking it quietly.

Bracing for the move
Managing vessel construction for the state ferry system is the best job Ira Rosen has ever had. Now he'll have to choose between it and his home. Rosen is among the 44 Alaska Marine Highway System employees who must decide whether they'll move with the ferry headquarters this summer when it relocates to Ketchikan.

Around Town
Today: Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

It takes a village to make a school play
Some students, arms hauling on imaginary ropes, sang of John Cabot setting out for America. Others chanted a Tlingit canoe song, hands paddling. All the voices blended. It was Wednesday morning with music teacher Lorrie Heagy at Glacier Valley Elementary School, where 60 students were working through spring break to rehearse a play that combines Shakespeare with a Tlingit myth.

Tea Time
From a morning cup of English Breakfast to a Japanese green tea ceremony or a steaming Russian samovar, tea drinkers around the world have their own preferences and rituals associated with the millennia-old beverage. Juneau is no exception, and though it lacks a tea house or specialty store, tea drinkers need not resign themselves to bags of Lipton or other mass-produced blends.

Neighbors Digest
staff reports

Swearing-in ceremony
The Office of Public Advocacy, Juneau Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, would like to congratulate its newest group of CASA volunteers. They have completed 32 hours of core training and have been sworn in by Judge Weeks. The volunteers are now qualified to speak on behalf of the community's abused and neglected children in court.

Pets of the week
Allen was bedraggled but now is major hunk, This Boots is made for walkin'

Life is civil in a provincial French town
Angers is an easy town to love. It is surrounded by kilometers of fertile farmland and river valleys. Chateaux are sprinkled around the countryside, easily accessible within a day's outing.

The guv wasn't a major - or citizen
T he governing of Alaska has had many faces. After its discovery in 1741 by Vitus Bering on behalf of Russia, it was governed by executives of the Russian America Company, such as Alexander Baranof.

Here are some tips for reducing travel stress
Security issues, the expense, lack of food or drink and our own health concerns are some of the factors that can make today's airplane trip quite an ordeal. Here are some important travel tips intended to reduce the stress associated with air travel.

Thank you
... for time, effort and generous hearts

Matuska Anna 'Emily' Williams
Juneau resident Matuska Anna "Emily" Williams, 75, died March 21, 2004, in Juneau.

Patricia N. Stevens
Juneau resident Patricia N. Stevens, 55, died March 21, 2004, at her home in Juneau.

My Turn: Moving negotiations is fair, and it isn't capital creep
Governor Frank Murkowski and his administration have misled the public about the breakdown in contract negotiations between the State and the Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA). Unfortunately, the Juneau Empire repeated this distortion of the truth in an editorial published yesterday.

My Turn: Fluoridation is key to promoting oral health
T he Department of Health and Social Services became concerned after hearing that the city and borough had stopped fluoridating the city water last summer and local medical and dental practices were not aware of the change. The Juneau Empire March 15 article, "City: Fluoride was cut off to clean effluent," brought the issue to the public light.

Opinion: End capital creep; keep union talks in Juneau
Thumbs down to former Juneau Sen. Jim Duncan for holding up the state's union negotiations with his proposal that the talks be moved to Anchorage for convenience and financial savings for the Alaska State Employees Association.

Ludlow wins giant slalom, Mancuso is second at Alpine Championships
GIRDWOOD, Alaska - Libby Ludlow was cut, scraped, bruised and sick. But she wore the grin of a winner. Ludlow ended the U.S. Alpine Championships by taking her first national title Tuesday, claiming the giant slalom by beating five-time medalist Julia Mancuso.

Angoon sends Klukwan home in thrilling C win
The Angoon old timers completed the comeback it couldn't accomplish on the opening day with a thrilling 80-77 win over the Klukwan Chilkats on Tuesday in what's becoming a regular occurrence in many games at the 58th Annual Lions Club Gold Medal basketball tournament.

Cavs drop third in a row
CLEVELAND - LeBron James struggled to defend Joe Johnson, leading to a third straight loss for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Johnson tied a career-high with 31 points as the Phoenix Suns hurt Cleveland's playoff hopes with a 103-86 win Tuesday night

Next generation of Gold Medal stars hit the floor
While the adults are the focus of the Juneau Lions Club's 58th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament this week at Juneau-Douglas High School, there's another tournament in town.

Gold Medal Scores
Gold Medal Scores

Newtimers win C battle of surprises
In what turned out to be the surprise matchup of the old timers division, the Newtimers rolled over the Juneau Old-Timers 87-57 on Wednesday to live another day in the Juneau Lions Club's Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

SE 2A teams off to state
The Skagway girls face Tri-Valley and the Hydaburg boys play Tok on Thursday to open the Class 2A state basketball tourney at Service High School in Anchorage.

Gold Medal boxscores
Scores and stastics from Wednesday's games.

Haida iron men tough out B win
Playing just five guys, Hydaburg needed a little help to close out a victory over Klawock in Gold Medal Basketball Tournament B Bracket losers' bracket action on Tuesday.

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.

Angoon women fend off Kake
It wasn't quite a piece of cake, but Angoon Kwaan did get its piece of Kake KWBA in the end.

U.S. Alpine National Championships
U.S. Alpine National Championships

Metlakatla Merchants wear down Hydaburg
Fresher legs, taller forwards, cooler heads, a deeper bench and a big block by Dustin Booth kept the Metlakatla Merchants alive in the 58th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's B Bracket.

Brighter Lights win A opener
The Lights keep getting brighter. Boasting two key additions from the squad that beat them in last year's final, Marlintini's Arctic Lights opened the 2004 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's A Bracket with a 101-83 victory over Sitka ANB/ANS at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Alaska Sports Briefs
News in brief about Alaskan sports figures.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS: ORCA Ski-A-Thon - The ORCA Ski-A-Thon will be held at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Saturday, March 27.

Alaska Sportswriters high school basketball polls
The Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Kake cruises by Spirit
When Kake KWBA lost its opening game in the 58th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, the Kake players didn't feel as if they'd played to their potential. Kake felt better after beating Juneau's T&H Spirit 84-27 in losers' bracket action Wednesday from the Women's Bracket at Juneau-Douglas High School.

House Finance approves seafood branding tax bill
Fishermen could tax themselves to pay for development and marketing of regional brands of seafood under a bill approved Tuesday by the House Finance Committee.

Framed Ten Commandments to stay
FAIRBANKS - A framed copy of the Ten Commandments will remain at Fairbanks City Hall, despite opposition by the Alaska Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Mayor Steve Thompson said.

Nearing home
The Fairweather, a 235-foot low-wake catamaran bound for Alaska, is berthed in Seattle on Tuesday. The vessel can carry 35 cars and 250 passengers at speeds up to 48 miles an hour.

Expect more cruise ship passengers
Alaska can expect more cruise ship passengers this year but that may not mean bigger profits for the industry, said a Holland America executive. Holland America Vice President of Government and Community Relations John Shively told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce earlier this month that 807,040 tourists, or more than 31,000 more people than last year, are expected to visit the state on a cruise ship this season.

Mike Miller eyes U.S. Senate race
FAIRBANKS - Days after announcing his resignation as state Administration Commissioner, Mike Miller said he's eyeing the U.S. Senate office held by fellow-Republican Lisa Murkowski.

Cigarette tax bill has first hearing; businesses warn of bootlegging
Doubling the tax on cigarettes could prompt 3,500 Alaskans to quit smoking and raise $35.5 million for state government, Murkowski administration officials said Wednesday.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1906, a fire destroyed much of the business district of Wrangell.

Photo: Auctioned antler
Terra Johnson holds up a moose antler being auctioned off at the Alaska Trappers Association Fur Auction on Sunday in downtown Fairbanks. The antlers were part of Alaska Fish and Game's surplus. The furs pictured in the background are consignment items from interior trappers.

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

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Sealaska earns $28.8 million
Sealaska's 17,200 shareholders will receive a dividend of $2 or $3 per share depending on individual status, authorities from the regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska announced Friday.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

What's happening
Upcoming local arts and entertainment events.

A diary of a traveling theater play: Home again
When we last left Perseverance's traveling tour company, the weary crew had just survived the milk run that dreams are made of: Whitehorse to Anchorage, with stops in Dawson, Old Crow and Fairbanks. UP! premiered in Anchorage on March 18, the day after St. Patrick's Day, at the Sydney Laurence Theatre in the Alaska Center for Performing Arts.

Sitting still, staring still
With a mirror to his right, and a 48-inch by 30-inch canvas awaiting the first stroke of oil, Juneau painter Josh Edward worked on a self-portrait one day in his Fourth Street home on Star Hill. It was the first time he had ever stared at himself for hours. And as he continued to look - the face becoming less familiar and more foreign, as faces do under long scrutiny - two things stood out.

Pacific Rim Forum
Schedule of events for the Second Annual UAS and Juneau World Affairs Council Pacific Rim Forum.

Cartoon: In the Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

What losing a loved one doesn't buy you
Since my brother died in October, people have sent me all kinds of self-help books. I've read Christian books, Buddhist books and books written by psychologists. All of them say the same thing: When someone close to you dies, a lot about how you see the world changes.

Cartoon: In the Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Movies: Where & when
Times and titles at local theaters.

P'ansori: Park's perfect match
As a middle school and high school student in Korea, in the 1960s, Dr. Chan E. Park and her classmates were taught the Western classical scale. Park could sing, but she was embarassed by her inability to hit falsetto notes.

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