Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Incident should cause us to reflect on alcohol
I agree with Faleene Sele that legislators need to reflect on domestic violence, which is a problem. Something else bothers me here. These two individuals admitted to the police that there was alcohol involved in this incident. I think perhaps this issue should be reflected on as well.

Time to takes steps against racism
Much has been said and reported about the problem with racism in our high school. The deeper problem lies outside the school in the community and needs to be acknowledged by all of us. Our society promotes racism that is covert and not understood even as we perpetuate oppression.

Study ferry move further
The Alaska Marine Highway System's upper management has stated they want to run the ferries more like a private enterprise. Good idea. Let's follow this line of thought.

Favor eco-tourism over extraction
Berners Bay is located just 40 miles north of Juneau, offering easy and pristine recreational access by watercraft for thousands of residents and visitors annually. It is truly a gem ecosystem, comparing favorably to world-class Admiralty Island National Monument close by.

Racism goes both ways
As someone who grew up in Juneau, and has lived there for most of my 31 years, I have to agree with Mr. Bourdon's letter. At the same time, I don't think it should be just those kids that set all this off at JDHS, and their parents, it should also be the parents of the so-called minorities who also act with hatred towards the supposed majority.

Bill sets reasonable ship standards
The House and Senate will shortly take up House Bill 522. This piece of legislation is designed to craft a plan by which small ships can continue to comply with Alaska's high wastewater standards beyond the immediate future.

Where does advocacy money come from?
Am I reading the paper correctly? The Juneau School Board wants to spend money to influence elections on future school issues.

How about no-scent bars?
If we have to ban smoking in restaurants and public places ... then it's also time to ban women's perfumes, men's colognes and air fresheners in bathrooms.

Falling dropout rate requires new school
In my view, there are good reasons to support construction of a valley high school, regardless of whether enrollments have flattened and no matter if it costs taxpayers more than expected.

Around Town
Today: Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's Restaurant. Public invited. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

City wants to study fluoride
The Juneau Assembly will appoint a task force to study the effects of water fluoridation as the community debate intensifies over whether to fluoridate the city's drinking water.

Photo: Listen up!
Laura Stamm demonstrates backward crossovers during a men's hockey skating clinic at Treadwell Arena on Sunday.

Correction
Due to a reporting error, the Empire incorrectly reported Friday that Robert Kinville, 40, was lodged early Thursday at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center after an arrest on a drunken driving charge.

Former CIA analyst to speak on Iraq war intelligence
On Tuesday, the first day of 9/11 Commission hearings in Washington, D.C., former Central Intelligence Agency analyst Ray McGovern was scheduled to give a few presentations in Los Angeles. His plans changed that morning at a friends' home, when he broke a fall with his left wrist, shattering the bone.

Around Town
Today: Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.

Gastineau power
Julia Ruthford takes advantage of Sunday's strong, steady winds to windsurf in Gastineau Channel off Sandy Beach.

Photo: Learning to stay safe
Leah Walsh and Joseph Deats practice safety drills with another classmate last week in a class held by the Interior Distance Education of Alaska at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool.

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

Woman comes to capital city to find brother lost 32 years ago
Rose Doolan came to Juneau this week hoping to see her brother for the first time in 32 years. "We love him and we want him home," the British Columbia woman said after finding no signs of Judge Anthony Robinson in Alaska's capital.

Dice and a Purple Heart
Spc. Josel Carrillo was on a routine peacekeeping patrol the night he earned his Purple Heart. He sat in the back of a Humvee with three other soldiers, and they rumbled through the streets of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, just as they did every night.

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

Clarification
Brendan Kelly, 48, who was reported in Monday's Empire as being arrested on a drunken driving charge Saturday night, is not the Brendan P. Kelly who serves as the dean of arts and sciences at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Photo: Walkin' in the rain
Tony Browning walks Monday with his daughter, Chelsea, 2, to a bus stop on Glacier Highway across from Switzer Village Mobile Home Park.

Videos show views on taking fish, game
The first video in a seven-part series presenting how different Alaskans view subsistence will be shown Wednesday at Centennial Hall.

Pluto and planet
Juneau artist Arnie Weimer stands next to a painting that is the latest addition to the Juneau Community Planet Walk at Twin Lakes. The painting includes the cartoon character Pluto next to a planet.

MyTurn: Tourism practices work to avoid conflicts
Juneau's tourism operators and employees are first and foremost Juneau residents - your family members, friends and neighbors. We are committed to Tourism Best Management Practices because we sincerely want to protect the very qualities that make Juneau a great place to live and a great place to visit.

Alaska editorial: Juneau complains but won't lose jobs
The Murkowski administration is moving the Alaska Marine Highway System headquarters to Ketchikan. Juneau doesn't like that decision.

Vitriolic nature of Juneau's reaction to move is offensive
I take exception to the rhetoric surrounding Gov. Murkowski's decision to move the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) headquarters to Ketchikan. This move has been analyzed, debated, recommended and subseq

Red Storm squad unites for a title
When HoopTime's Southeast Shootout basketball tournament opened last week at the Marie Drake gym, the members of the Red Storm team needed some of those "Hello, My Name Is ..." stickers.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Saturday, April 3 • Southeast Road Runners Club - Glacier 10K and 1-mile runs - Registration takes place at 9:30 a.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center parking lot and races start at 10 a.m.

Cavs slipping in Eastern playoff race
SAN ANTONIO - This time Bruce Bowen was ready for LeBron James. Bowen, the guy the San Antonio Spurs sic on their opponent's top perimeter scorer, limited Cleveland's rookie sensation to six points in the first half of the Spurs' 101-93 win over the Cavaliers on Monday night.

Southeast Shootout results and awards

O'Brien leads Southeast swimmers at Northwest Sectional meet
Kyle O'Brien of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club reached the finals in five of his six events at the Northwest Section Age Group Championships held March 19-21 at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Sports in Juneau
Saturday, April 3 • Southeast Road Runners Club - Glacier 10K and 1-mile runs - Registration takes place at 9:30 a.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center parking lot and races start at 10 a.m.

Remarkable Relays
They call themselves "The Four Horsemen" - four Auburn University swimmers with very different backgrounds teaming up to pursue the same goal.

Trade opens door for Bentz to make Expos
There was just one healthy lefty remaining in the Montreal Expos' spring training bullpen this weekend, and it was Juneau's Chad Bentz.

Belgian, Alaska adventurers want to cross Bering Strait - both ways
SAVOONGA - A Belgian and an Alaskan are scouting the ice conditions on the treacherous Bering Strait for an expedition across it next year.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1902, the residents of Douglas voted 158-70 to incorporate as a "first-class city."

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

N. Slope borough backs study of gas line effects
The North Slope Borough has agreed to guarantee payment so that a consultant could start work on the study of possible social and economic effects of an Alaska natural gas line project.

Push to close state's budget gap remains fragmented, floundering
Two weeks into an informal special session aimed at closing the state's chronic budget deficits, the Legislature remains fragmented over a solution.

Haines handles 1st animal-neglect in years
HAINES - Haines police have persuaded a horse owner to give up the animal in the department's first case of suspected animal neglect in the last 24 years.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Dividend application deadline on Wednesday
Eligible Alaskans must apply by Wednesday for the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend or miss out on the 2004 checks.

Alaska suicides rise with the sun
ANCHORAGE - More Alaskans take their own lives as days lengthen and temperatures rise, according to a new report based on 13 years of statistics.

Canadian firm plans gold mine near Cook Inlet
KENAI - A Canadian company is planning to develop a mining site near Lake Iliamna that is believed to contain the largest gold deposit in North America.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and Baron Stoecki of Russia signed the treaty selling the territory of Alaska to the United States for $7.2 million, a deal roundly ridiculed as "Seward's Folly."

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