New fiction in bloom at Juneau's libraries
Spring fiction at the Juneau Public Libraries!

Opinions come easily, try respecting others'
As a concerned veteran, I wrote KTKU, Taku 105 on March 21 rejecting its un-American stance of not playing the Dixie Chicks. The station's silence does not appease me. Millions of Americans have died and are dying today so that each of us has the right to speak freely.

Scorned nation
Who's kidding who? Bush initiated this attack on Iraq unilaterally last year and was ready to send our men and women into harms way, right then and there, were it not for the uprising of dissent that ensued!

Why print letters that upset me?
I live in a country not yet involved in the war, but on reading this letter ("Supporting our troops like supporting LAPD," Empire, March 26), it upset me no end. I have friends whose husbands and sons are fighting for your country and when I read that letter it made me mad.

Why leave more children behind?
Instead of bragging to the rest of the nation about our superior educational resource - Alyeska Central School - Gov. Murkowski is trying to abolish it. Why? It is obvious HB 174 makes no sense. Alaskans from all over the state have been testifying that closing ACS will not save any money and would be a huge mistake.

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

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

This Day in History
In 1916, on the 49th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase Treaty, Delegate James Wickersham introduced the first Alaska statehood bill in the U.S. Congress.

Land near Brotherhood Bridge slated for raptor clinic
Injured eagles, owls and ravens soon may have a new place to perch and heal near Juneau's Brotherhood Bridge. Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens secured $350,000 in federal funding last month for the city to purchase 10.5 acres of private land in the Mendenhall Valley. The property, which is near the Kaxhdighoowu Heen trail and the Mendenhall River, would be used for a bird rehabilitation clinic and nature education center. The Juneau Raptor Center, the Trust for Public Land and the city have been working with Stevens' office on the acquisition for three years.

Students at alternative school seek parity with JDHS
While Juneau-Douglas High School is the subject of a $21 million renovation, a teacher at Yaakoosge Daakahidi alternative high school tapes blankets over windows to keep the wind out, and some students wear long johns in the winter. Two classrooms don't have that problem because they don't have windows, and another room is too small, so the class meets in a commons area.

Juneau rallies in support
The sky was gray and threatened to storm, but that didn't deter hundreds of Juneau residents from gathering outside the state Capitol Friday for a rally in support of U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf. They waved flags and wore red, white and blue. Their signs read "These colors don't run," "Support President Bush and our troops," "Give peace a chance, get rid of Saddam," "You don't have to agree with our government to support our troops."

Empire editorial: Juneau is forging ahead in time of war
A midst the disturbing news dominating our attention in these troubled times are stories of tempered optimism on a significant level here in Juneau. This past week brought news of forward momentum on several long-standing local projects.

What do you think?
New revenue sources are necessary to fund the cost of maintenance in our great state, but what we need new taxes to go for is a safe and well-maintained highway system, including the marine highway system.

My Turn: Moral conundrums of attacking Iraq
America's role in the world community is not that of the judge or the police force. Our law is not world law. We are one country among many. We may currently enjoy the unique position of being the most "militarily-endowed," but we are still just one country among many. Metaphorically speaking, we are the inhabitants of a single house in the world's neighborhood.

My Turn: On being an informed citizen in a democracy
Now that the attack on Iraq is underway, all the preceding debate leading up to it is revealed as the sham that it was. The outcome was certain all along: An invasion of Iraq, no matter how many are opposed to it.

My Turn: Another contemporary fable
Here's my try at a fable: In the Great Woods lived many creatures such as squirrels, bunnies and chipmunks. Each day, they would gather acorns and nuts for their families. But an Evil Bear began to demand tribute from the little creatures. Those who refused were eaten alive.

My Turn: We must listen to one another
Some see the world in black and white. Using deeply held beliefs and convictions, they divide everything into two categories. Whatever the issue, policy, object, or person, it is either good or it is bad. Such moral clarity is emotionally soothing and satisfying. However, the problem with this binary mode of thinking is that it ignores the reality that there is good and bad in almost everything. Call it the law of unintended consequences or Newton's First Law (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction).

Toe Cartoon

Out and About
March 30: High power rifle and sporting rifle shoot, at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range, 8:30 a.m. registration, shoot at 9:30 a.m. Details: April 1: Juneau Alpine Club monthly public meeting, 7 p.m., Douglas library. Details: Don Larsen, 789-2036.

Old turn, new trend
Telemark skiers have a phrase to explain why they choose to go down the mountain with their boot heels unattached to their skis: Free your heel, your mind will follow. "It's pretty hard to describe," said Tom Brayton, a longtime telemark skier who teaches the sport, along with traditional alpine skiing and snowboarding, at the Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard School. "It's like when I telemark ski I'm more a part of the mountain. Does that make sense?"

Snow report
• Eaglecrest Ski Area, Juneau: Platter, Ptarmigan and Hooter lifts operate about 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The tubing hill operates 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends and holidays.

Saturday: Haines' D secures W
The Haines Merchants weren't shooting very well at the start of their losers' bracket final game Friday night against Juneau's Reliable Transfer, so they turned on their defense. The Merchants made three steals and forced four other turnovers to key a 12-point run that gave them a lead they never relinquished, as Haines went on to claim a 79-68 victory and a spot in tonight's 8 p.m. Mighty B Bracket championship game against defending champion Huna ANB.

Saturday: Oldtimers get past Chilkats on second try
The Huna Totem Oldtimers earned another shot at the 57th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's Legendary C Bracket title by defeating the Klukwan Chilkats 78-67 on Friday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium. The defending champion Totem Oldtimers avenged a first-round 59-58 loss to the Chilkats and move into tonight's 6 p.m. title game against the Klawock Old Totems.

Saturday: Hydaburg makes title game
The Hydaburg Warriors once were a power at the Class 1A level, winning three boys state titles and reaching the championship game six times in nine years during the mid 1980s and early 1990s. Now they're trying to win their first Class 2A state championship. Hydaburg moved a step closer to the title on Friday night, beating the Bristol Bay Angels, 73-58, to advance to tonight's 9:15 p.m. championship game at Anchorage's Service High School.

Gold Medal Boxscores

Saturday: Gold Medal Boxscores

Klawock defeats Huna for C crown
It was a classic battle of two opposing styles. The Klawock Old Totems had the size and the Huna Totem Oldtimers had the speed. In the end, size mattered more and Klawock claimed its second Gold Medal tourney Legendary C Bracket title in three years with a 95-82 win over Huna on Saturday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Saturday: Anchorage reaches final
Even a highlight-reel night from Tacoma's Devin Jones wasn't enough. The speedy and athletic guard lit up the scoreboard - and the defense of Anchorage's Northwest Strategies - for 40 points on Friday night to claim top individual honors, but top team honors and a title shot went to Anchorage.

NW wins A bracket by beating the Lights
It took four tries, but Northwest Strategies of Anchorage finally beat Juneau's Marlintini's Arctic Lights when it mattered most - in the championship game of the Gold Medal Tournament's Classic A Bracket. In a rematch of the 2002 A bracket finale, won by Marlintini's, Northwest Strategies rode a balanced attack on both ends of the floor and a standout individual performance from Greg Freeman to post a 95-80 win over the defending champions Saturday afternoon in the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Haines reigns!
Haines' Big Ben overshadowed Huna's Strong man, leading the Haines Merchants to their fourth title in five years in the Mighty B Bracket of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. In a passionate game watched by an overflow crowd at Juneau-Douglas High School, Ben Egolf made the game-saving steal with 7.8 seconds left in double overtime to lead the Merchants to a 99-94 victory over defending champion Huna ANB on Saturday night.

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

Lynden women crack P.O.W.'s four-year grasp
With 13 seconds left in the game, the women's Gold Medal championship was on the line - literally - as Kacy Lockhart stepped to the free-throw line for Lynden Transport of Juneau as they trailed Klawock-Prince of Wales by one point. Lockhart went on to hit four free throws in the closing seconds - going seven for seven from the line in the game - to lead Lynden to a 60-59 victory over Klawock Saturday in the Premiere Women's bracket championship game.

Saturday: HoopTime A girls, Hoonah boys win middle school titles
When the HoopTime A Team's offense wasn't clicking, the squad turned to its defense to get the offense started. Margaret Sekona turned four second-half steals into breakaway baskets as HoopTime A beat Sitka Tribe 34-18 and claimed the first title in the inaugural girls middle school bracket Friday afternoon at the 57th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Saturday: Klawock POWers to win
It wouldn't be a championship game if Klawock-Prince of Wales wasn't playing - at least not a Gold Medal women's bracket championship game. Klawock battled its way through the losers' bracket and back into its fifth straight Premiere Women's Bracket championship game by beating Sitka 74-67 Friday at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym. The women's bracket is in its fifth year, and Klawock won the first four titles.

NW wins A bracket by beating the Lights
It took four tries, but Northwest Strategies of Anchorage finally beat Juneau's Marlintini's Arctic Lights when it mattered most - in the championship game of the Gold Medal Tournament's Classic A Bracket. In a rematch of the 2002 A bracket finale, won by Marlintini's, Northwest Strategies rode a balanced attack on both ends of the floor and a standout individual performance from Greg Freeman to post a 95-80 win over the defending champions Saturday afternoon in the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Hydaburg wins title
The Hydaburg Warriors won the Class 2A boys state basketball championship on Saturday night, beating defending champion Cook Inlet Academy, 59-56, in the state title game at Anchorage's Service High School. Hydaburg's George Peratrovich sank a 3-pointer with 48 seconds left in the game to give the Warriors a 57-56 lead, and Vinny Edenshaw added two free throws with 15 seconds to go to seal the win for Hydaburg, which trailed by five points entering the fourth quarter.

State Briefs
Seward's Day schedules; Fuel spills outside private home; Boat in Harris Harbor catches fire; Creditors line up for shot at dividends; National company buys Aero Services; Board working to pick education commissioner; Three indicted in Palmer man's death; Police arrest teens suspected in shooting

House passes women's cancer bill
A plan to continue coverage of breast and cervical cancer treatments for low-income women unanimously passed out of the state House of Representatives on Friday. The bill removes a sunset on the federal program, which started in 2001, and which provides for 70 percent funding from the federal government and 30 percent from the state. The program was set to expire in June because of a sunset clause placed by the Legislature.

Sea-lion lawsuit settlement expected soon
ANCHORAGE - A resolution may be in sight for a long-running federal lawsuit filed by environmental activists seeking tougher commercial fishing restrictions off Alaska to protect endangered Steller sea lions.

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