Saturday, March 29, 2003

Emotional attack
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.

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.

Hands off
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.

History repeats
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

FYI
Births

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.

Thank you
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.

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.

Honors
Mendenhall River Community School students Ryan Baldwin, Haylee Hodgson, Tyler Campbell and Michelle Shepardson placed second in the statewide Battle of the Books.

Neighbors Briefs
Free computer classes offered; AWARE to hold volunteer training

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.

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.

Dean Clifford Nordenson
Life-long Juneau resident Dean Clifford Nordenson, 55, died March 25, 2003, at his home.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Correction
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

State Briefs
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.

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.

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