Tourism bookings slow - for some
As bombs fall in Baghdad and the value of 401(k) retirement savings plans fall in the United States, businesses in Alaska's travel industry are waiting to see how bookings this summer will be affected by the political and economic climate. "The prognosis is filled with angst," said Alaska Travel Industry Association President Ron Peck. "All we can hope for is that the war gets over quick."
Techwit: Airport security should add consumer-friendly features
In many ways these are not very humorous times. In particular there's nothing funny about increased airport security. But there might be ways to make it more useful and pleasant for everyone.
Business profile: Diane Bowes
Title and company: Owner, Artemis Enterprise
The first Capital City Business Symposium will be held April 22.
Beating Rodney King
I do not understand people who label this war "illegal." If it is in reference to the fact that we did not choose to put the matter to a final vote with the U.N., we would do well to remember U.N. resolutions 678, 687 and more recently, 1441.
Self-proclaimed 'patriotic rant'
After reading Mr. McGonegal's letter, I cannot agree with the majority of his sentiments and am saddened to think a citizen of this country would purposely insult our armed forces. By likening their actions to a incident that is widely considered a purely racially motivated brutal attack on a human being (whether or not that was the case), I believe he has disgracefully done just that.
Thoughts on taxes, elders
Who doesn't agree with me that Gov. Murkowski would kill to be back on the U.S. Senate, as the chair of the Energy Committee? Perhaps his leadership was sorely missed in the recent death of the ANWR Amendment. He was the Arctic oil drilling champion.
Visit Iraq, see a dictator
Mr. McGonegal needs to spend a month or two in Iraq with the current regime knowing who and what he is. I imagine with his viewpoints he could replace Odai, the currently absent son of Saddam. When they are done with him, he can face the people shredders, oops that's plastic shredders, that the people of Iraq have had to face.
A place of peace
When world events thousands of miles away tear at our conscience, we tend to turn on the TV and tune into the radio as if this will bring us understanding and comfort, but the minute details of life at war, both accurate and inaccurate, reported hour after hour offer little consolation and answer few questions.
It's patriotic to question
What exactly does Geoff Harben want? In his letter of March 25, he complains about the "political whine during recent months" - then in the next breath says "the time for comment is before the event." That's a pretty "damned if you do or damned if you don't" criticism to throw at someone.
Don't bet on it, governor. You or any other legislators who wish to start dividing up the dividend from our Permanent Fund had best hang on to your night job.
Keep airline ticketing in a Valley location
Alaska Airlines plans to close its valley ticket office on May 1 as a cost saving plan. That will leave only the downtown office or the airport for ticketing.
Road route redux
Might I add another voice of support to Wayne Fleek's suggestion to return to the route of yesteryears and explore the Taku.
I am a mother to a soldier serving in the military for his country. While he may not be among the ones in Iraq yet, I have to say reading the letter, "Supporting our troops like supporting LAPD," (Empire, March 26) really upset me and his sister. This letter is not just a direct attack verbally on our troops no matter where they serve our country at this moment, but an attack emotionally on the families they left behind.
Time to listen
Cowardice: A lack of courage or resolution. Over the last few months I have seen the tensions and debate over national issues wreak havoc among our community.
I think it is fitting that Mr. Lie-Nielsen would compare the current conflict to World War II. The United States of America was not attacked by Germany to precipitate our involvement in World War II. Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and we retaliated.
Art Chance made some interesting points in his letter of March 26 ("The lefties are reveling"). I respect his opinion. But the way in which he ended his letter was pompous and unnecessarily vitriolic.
Smart kids, not smart bombs
During this shameful period in American history, I sit playing on the floor with my 22-month-old son and a toy frog. While my child joyfully hops and sings, my thoughts are heavy with the knowledge that at this very moment my country is killing beautiful, joyful and completely innocent children not at all unlike my son, or any of our children.
Reroute the road
So our governor has ordered that DOT/PF reopen the Juneau Access E.I.S., is spite of many Juneauites' objections and the objections of most Haines and Skagway citizens.
City scrutinizes access to new Steamship Wharf
As construction workers revamp the Steamship Wharf-Marine Park area downtown, city officials are working on a way to balance use by buses and people when it opens. The city is adding park space and a bus staging area convertible to a pedestrian plaza to the waterfront between the downtown library and Marine Park. The perimeter of the area is scheduled to open in May, with the convertible plaza to open by July 3, city Port Director John Stone said.
The Ultimate Family Vacation
Starting Sunday, keeping up with the Joneses will require more than a sport utility vehicle. Dr. Lindy Jones, his wife, Colleen, and their two children, Micah, 10, and Rosie, 7, plan to leave Sunday on a 16-month sailing trip that will take them from Juneau down the Pacific Coast to San Francisco, then across the ocean to the Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific and eventually to New Zealand.
This Day in History
In 1959, 3,000 Anchorage residents welcomed the Detroit '59'ers on Easter Sunday, on their way from Detroit to homestead land on the Kenai Peninsula.
Local group plans to send packages to Juneau soldiers
When Lynn Bartlett's son Brent was stationed in Kosovo in 1999, she rounded up all of her friends and relatives and asked them to send packages to him. They filled boxes with hand sanitizer, boot socks, silly string, playing cards, and dozens of other items. The packages proved so popular that when Brent's company left and another company took its place, Bartlett and some co-workers sent $600 worth of donated items to soldiers they had never met.
Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
Grand jury indicts 4 on drug charges
Police are searching for a 28-year-old man who was indicted last week on charges of dealing methamphetamine. Daemon Vergo was indicted by a Juneau grand jury on March 21 on five counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison for each count. A warrant was issued for his arrest that day.
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.
Belly dancers and blood screeners
Massage therapists, representatives from fitness centers, accupressurists, naturopathic doctors, sleep-disorder specialists, dietitians, community health professionals, Red Cross volunteers, midwives and doctors will be among those gathering at this year's Juneau Public Health Fair to promote better health. The 23rd annual fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Centennial Hall. Belly dancers and presenters from the Juneau Raptor Center will be there to entertain people waiting for blood screenings, body-fat measurements and hearing and site tests.
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.
Board moves planned site for Auke Bay dock
Private property near the Spaulding Beach Condominiums in Auke Bay is the new preferred site for a city-run commercial boat loading dock. The city's Docks and Harbors Board on Thursday directed staff to start negotiations to buy property owned by Eric Lindegaard at the outer entrance to Statter Harbor in Auke Bay. At the same time, members will continue to talk with private businesses in Auke Bay about space for a dock, board Chairman Dick Knapp said.
Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
Photo: Auke Bay totem in 1915
This photo was taken of R. Waino Hendrickson and L.J. "Sim" MacKinnon in 1915 with a totem in Auke Bay. In 1938 the Civilian Conservation Corps began working with Native foremen to help replicate weathered, damaged and destroyed totems similar to the one in this photo.
Hayward, Anderson to wed
Michelle Hayward and Jeremy Anderson of Juneau will be married in a ceremony planned for May 24, 2003. The couple will be married aboard the Baranoff Wind and will entertain visiting guests in Juneau throughout the Memorial day weekend.
Photo: Group activity
Big Sister Deb Senn and Little Sister Kaya try out the ice at the Treadwell Arena. Big Brothers/Big Sisters rented the ice for a February group activity.
Mendenhall River Community School students Ryan Baldwin, Haylee Hodgson, Tyler Campbell and Michelle Shepardson placed second in the statewide Battle of the Books.
Over the past several weeks it has been my pleasure to work with a number of talented and dedicated people to bring organized ice-skating lessons to the Juneau community in the new Treadwell Arena.
Free computer classes offered; AWARE to hold volunteer training
Salmon sandwiches would solve the glut
I am looking at a one-pound can of pink salmon, which I bought at Alaskan & Proud for $2.45. Herein lies the focus for many of the problems of the Alaskan salmon fishery. But there is a simple solution. If only all the households in America would go out and buy a single can, the pink salmon problem would be over, and all at once 50 million pounds, or thereabouts, would be used up in one day.
Thomas, Burrill marry
Tanya Thomas and Paul Burrill of Juneau, were married Jan. 18, 2003, at First Baptist Church of Edmonds, Wash., with the bride's brother-in-law, Lutheran pastor Jeffrey Spencer, presiding.
Look to the past, act in the present and plan for the future
Just a few weeks ago, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students hosted a Ku.eex, or potlatch, as a culminating event after a semester study of one of the most divisive issues in Alaska today: Alaska Native subsistence rights.
Lela Susan Copenhagen
Juneau resident Lela Susan Copenhagen, 57, died March 21, 2003, at Bartlett Regional Hospital due to complications related to diabetes.
Mary Ellen Brown
Juneau resident and longtime Alaskan MaryEllen Brown, 69, died March 20, 2003, in Juneau after a bout with cancer.
Dean Clifford Nordenson
Life-long Juneau resident Dean Clifford Nordenson, 55, died March 25, 2003, at his home.
Richard George Dalton Sr.
Hoonah resident Richard George Dalton Sr., 84, died March 20, 2003, at the SEARHC Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.
My Turn: Freedom is a right that everyone has - and it's not free
I read with significant disgust Patrick McGonegal's letter "Supporting our troops like supporting LAPD." Mr. McGonegal is correct that the military is voluntary, however, his characterization of President Bush as a "dictator" is absolutely inaccurate as is his claim that the military's orders are illegal.
My Turn: Forest Service builds legacy on clearcuts
I read with sadness, and frustration, Forest Supervisor Tom Puchlerz's op-ed (March 9) attempting to explain his failure to recommend any new wilderness in the remaining undeveloped drainages of the Tongass. In his op-ed, Mr. Puchlerz quotes the late, great Aldo Leopold and refers to him as a visionary.
My Turn: Iraq will emerge free, like Japan and Germany
It is interesting being in Russia on business and watching European TV. I watched Iraqi television show a male and a female U.S. soldier bravely answer such loaded questions as "Why do you come to kill Iraqi people." These young defenders of freedom were perhaps only 20 years old and obviously fearful.
Gold Medal Boxscores
CLASSIC A BRACKET
Kake girls beat Tok at 2A tournament
After a disappointing loss on Thursday to open the Class 2A state tournament, the Kake girls rebounded with a 49-39 win over Tok on Friday morning in a consolation-bracket game at Anchorage's Service High School.
Due to a reporter's error, the story on Jodi Wise in Thursday's Empire incorrectly reported the governance status of the Marshall Islands. The Republic of the Marshall Islands is a former United States Trust Territory.
Wise made Gold Medal history
At this year's Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, six women's teams - including perennial leaders Lynden Transport and Klawock-Prince of Wales - are vying for a title. Twenty years ago, a single woman started that ball rolling. In the 1983 Gold Medal tournament, Hoonah's Jodi Johnson - now Jodi Wise - became the first woman to play in a tourney game when she came off the bench for her hometown team.
Raptors halt Cavs' win streak
TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors finally beat the NBA's worst team. Morris Peterson scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half as the Raptors ended a three-game losing skid with a 89-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Gold Medal Boxscores
CLASSIC A BRACKET
A gesture for Southeast to cheer about
Cheering crowds and moments of silence. Heartburn, heartbreak and heart-stoppers. Basketball and war. For those who crossed between the excitement of games on the court and the drone of war coverage on TV sets backstage, last weekend's Class 3A and Class 4A state high school basketball tournaments at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena presented an at-times-surreal mix of experiences and emotions.
Klawock back in finals
For the second time in three years, the 2001 champion Klawock Old Totems will play for the Legendary C Bracket title after running away from the Klukwan Chilkats 88-56 in Thursday's Gold Medal Basketball Tournament semifinal matchup. In Thursday's other C Bracket game, the Huna Totem Oldtimers knocked out Yakutat ANB, 84-72, setting up a rematch between Klukwan and Huna at 4 p.m. today for a chance to play Klawock in Saturday's title game.
HoopTime 'A' girls reach championship
Nicole Fenumiai and Margaret Sekona scored 11 points apiece as they led the HoopTime 'A' Team into today's championship game of the inaugural Gold Medal Basketball Tournament girls middle school bracket. HoopTime beat Sitka Tribe 40-30 on Thursday morning to advance to the title game, which takes place at 1 p.m. today at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.
Alaska State Basketball Polls
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Huna's youth too much for Reliable
Youth and a little bit of experience won out over old age and treachery as Huna ANB earned a spot in Saturday's championship game of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's Mighty B Bracket. Huna advanced with an 89-62 victory over Juneau's Reliable Transfer on Thursday night at Juneau-Douglas High School. Huna's oldest player is 30 years old, while Reliable's average age is 41, so Huna tried to pick up the tempo. Reliable was able to hang with Huna for the first 11 minutes of the game, taking a 14-13 lead, but then Huna went on an 8-0 run and never looked back.
Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.
Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.
Key free throws clinch win for Klawock-P.O.W.
It's a mantra for coaches everywhere: "Make your free throws." Missed free throws early in Wednesday's Mighty B Bracket game came back to haunt Yakutat ANB, which was eliminated by defending runner-up Klawock-Prince of Wales, 79-77 in overtime, in losers' bracket Gold Medal action at Juneau-Douglas High School.
Sitka Tribe boys eliminate Dzantik'i Heeni with win
Elmer Diaz scored 14 points to lead the Sitka Tribe boys to a 38-26 victory over Dzantik'i Heeni in middle school bracket action Wednesday at the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School. The victory kept Sitka Tribe's hopes for a title alive, while it also eliminated Dzantik'i Heeni.
Precision passing, dazzling defense and stand-out shooting by defending champion Marlintini's Arctic Lights of Juneau helped earn them an 87-66 victory over Tacoma, Wash., Wednesday night in the opening round of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's Classic A Bracket. "It went pretty good. We did a lot of substituting and keeping people fresh, that was our game plan," Marlintini's coach-guard Ethan Billings said. "I'm pretty happy with how things went."
Haines eliminates Kake Tlingit Heat
The Haines Merchants nailed their last 11 free throws in Wednesday's late-night game as they eliminated the Kake Tlingit Heat from the Mighty B Bracket of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament with a 106-94 win. Haines led by 13 points, 81-68, with eight minutes left in the game, but Kake twice closed the gap to six points before Haines was able to pull away by making its free throws. Haines had just come off a 1-for-7 streak from the line before hitting its final 11 shots.
Huna Totem Oldtimers send Kake ANB home
Two more teams were eliminated from the Legendary C Bracket on Wednesday at the 57th Annual Gold Medal tournament, leaving just four teams left to battle for the title. The Huna Totem Oldtimers ran away from Kake ANB, 94-78, in the afternoon game, while Yakutat ANB clobbered Angoon ANS, 104-75, to set up today's 1 p.m. losers' bracket matchup between Huna and Yakutat. The Klukwan Chilkats and the Klawock Old Totems will battle for a shot the title game at 6:30 p.m. today in the winners' bracket.
Kake women use heart - not height - to beat KIC
Lacking height, the Kake LAB women relied on heart - and some dazzling shooting - instead to eliminate the bigger Ketchikan Indian Community squad from the Premiere Women's Bracket of the 2003 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Wednesday morning.
Anchorage fails to turn off Lights
Sometimes, the third time is not a charm. After dropping a pair of games - including a close Classic A Bracket championship contest - to Juneau-Marlintini's Arctic Lights in the 2002 Gold Medal Tournament, Northwest Strategies of Anchorage hoped to reverse its fortunes against the high-octane local team Thursday morning in an A bracket semifinal contest in the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.
Delivering a win
Juneau's Lynden Transport got one step closer to breaking Klawock's four-year run as champions of the Gold Medal tournament's Premiere Women's Bracket on Thursday by coasting to a 61-49 win over Sitka in the Juneau-Douglas High School gym. Employing its trademark up-tempo ball-control offense, and a defense that limited the second chances of the larger Sitka team, Lynden set the pace early. The Juneau women edged ahead from the start, but it wasn't until later in the first half that they were able to really seize control of the game.
Murkowski pitches budget proposals to legislators
Gov. Frank Murkowski is pitching his budget, both inside and outside the Capitol. Murkowski met behind closed doors Wednesday with the House Republican caucus for almost two hours. His commissioners and other staff are fanning out around the state to explain the plan to community groups. And the governor has purchased 30 minutes of television time to talk to Alaskans on Sunday.
Fertilizer-plant bill may cost Alaska more than $11 million
ANCHORAGE - A bill that would help the Agrium fertilizer plant on the Kenai Peninsula could cost the state more than $11 million in lost revenue. Rep. Mike Chenault, a Nikiski Republican, is sponsoring House Bill 57. The bill is expected to move from the House Finance Committee next week, meaning it could soon be up for a vote of the full House.
Coast Guard responds to reported mutiny; Gold Town manager looking for ideas and volunteers; Mine workers make mammoth discovery; Man arrested in mother's fatal stabbing; Kenai Superior Court judge dies; Man arrested in 1985 murder
Panel OKs bill to divert money from permafund
More than $54 million would be moved from the Alaska Permanent Fund to the state's general fund, which pays for state government services, under a bill passed Thursday in the House Finance Committee. The measure by Rep. Norm Rokeberg, an Anchorage Republican, would take 25 percent of the money generated through mineral lease royalties and other proceeds and use it to cushion Alaska's budget shortfall. The plan would generate $54.1 million for the 2004 budget and about $43.3 million annually over the next seven years.
Bill would cut local say on coastal development
Communities would lose control in approving state and federal development that affects coastal areas, under a bill that passed out of the House Fisheries Committee on Wednesday. House Bill 191, filed at the request of Gov. Frank Murkowski, would give the Department of Natural Resources the final say in permitting projects within the state's 33 coastal districts.
House committee overhauls tax measures
The House Transportation Committee overhauled two proposals by Gov. Frank Murkowski to raise taxes on Alaska motorists during a hearing Thursday. A spokesman for the governor said the measures may now need a jump start.
Study: Seals vacate ice floes when ships approach; long-term effects are unclear
A new study says harbor seals near Yakutat are more likely to vacate their ice floes when cruise ships approach them, but more analysis is needed to show whether cruise ships are harming the seal population. Researchers from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center's National Marine Mammal Laboratory observed the behavior of seals in Disenchantment Bay, located inside Yakutat Bay, between May and August 2002.
Islamic hackers use Homer Web site to promote bin Laden's terrorist group
ANCHORAGE - An extremist Islamic group hacked into an Internet bulletin board run by a Homer-area high school student, turning it into an al-Qaida propaganda outpost calling for attacks on the United States in response to the war on Iraq. More than 1,000 people used the portal since the information was posted over the weekend. The information had been removed by Tuesday morning.
Rally set in support of U.S. troops, Bush; PFD applications due Monday; Raptor center holds open house; Harbor Board considers loading facility site; Haines voters repeal tour tax; House approves fish transport bill
Jazz man in the Pacific Northwest
If you happen by Tula's Jazz Club on Second Avenue in Seattle's Belltown late in the evening, you may encounter alto saxophonist Mark Taylor as he blows a mellow improv line, conjuring the spirits of Cannonball Adderley or Charlie Parker. "The way I play saxophone, it's a mixture of anything from bebop from the '40s and '50s all the way up to original compositions and more free jazz or modern jazz," Taylor said from Seattle in a recent phone interview.
Cheeseburgers in Paradise
Forget the Grand Canyon, Hawaii or Mexico. When Alaskans go on vacation, Nick Jans thinks they should go to Unalaska. "Where else in the world can you stand in one place on a World War II pillbox and look at a huge industrial sprawl, turn one way and look at an archeological site, turn another and see a Burger King?" Jans asked. "There can be a terrible junkyard and 10 feet away you're walking in a field of wildflowers."
Movies where & when
"Hunted," (R) ends Thursday, March 27, final show at 7:30 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.
'Alaska Reads' survey finds Harry Potter still an Alaska favorite
For the second year in a row, Alaska students said their favorite books are the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, according to the results of the "Alaska Reads" survey conducted by the Alaska State Literacy Association.
Concert for community solidarity
Local musician Jane Roodenburg has organized "Shine the Light: A Concert for Peace, Fun, Joy and Justice" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Northern Light United Church.
"Shine the Light: a Concert for Peace, Fun, Joy and Justice," with performers Jane Roodenburg, Patricia Hull, Grace Elliot, Albert McDonnell, Jeff Brown, Susan Clark, Martha and Jim Stey, Wild Rumpus Clown Theatre, Brett Dillingham, Sean Tracey and Maridon Boario, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Northern Light United Church. Free. Potluck treats welcome.
Bets Bets: Spring break: live music and movies
It's spring break, and if you are reading this right now it means you are probably not 1) surrounded by beach balls, reclining in an aquamarine swimming pool with your pink tankini on 2) sipping a Starbucks latte at an outside table as you watch well-dressed city people pass by 3) shopping at the Gap for a nice, crisp pair of cropped cargo khakis. For all of that, my friends, I am truly sorry.
'A Scoop of the U.S.A.' ice cream naming contest
In celebration of its 75th birthday, Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream is challenging kids ages 8-14 to invent new ice cream flavors that represent their home states. Young people are encouraged to submit suggestions for flavors that pay tribute to the heritage and distinctive qualities of their home states.
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