'Ground Effect' tells the whole story of how Tim got to Alaska
Archie Satterfield has written an eminently readable juvenile novel in the "Gentle Ben" tradition - although small planes take the place of big bears. For the sake of readers who are not aviation buffs, he defines ground effect: "When an aircraft prepares to land on a runway or water, just before touchdown the air trapped beneath the wing creates an air cushion, called the ground effect. While riding on this cushion the aircraft feels like it wants to continue flying. Some people are also susceptible to this phenomenon."

Incredible spirit of giving
"Kiss Me, Kate," the musical recently performed at JDHS by JDHS students, was exhilarating, fun, delightfully naughty and thoroughly enjoyable. It was clear that the audiences loved the performances and the students loved performing Cole Porter's wonderful musical numbers.

Getting ready for Easter
Sara Judd, 6, pulls a blue-dyed egg out of a bowl with the help of her great-grandmother, Twila Stewart, at the Nugget Mall on Saturday. The Broiler donated 500 hard-boiled eggs to the mall's Easter egg-coloring project. Each child taking part received three eggs to paint.

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

Marine Park-Steamship Wharf plan hits nerve
During the summer, the Steamship Wharf-Marine Park area is a lively part of Juneau's waterfront. Cruise ship passengers search for tour buses, the post office and shopping. Concerts draw crowds on Friday nights. People eat lunch, enjoy the scenery and walk their dogs. Today, that mixture of activities is turning the area into a political quagmire. As the Juneau Assembly considers a slate of changes for the park, its users are at battle.

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

Girl injured in car accident returns to school
Charlotte Brown saw an angel when she apparently died near Christmas while lying on a cold hospital table in Seattle, far from home. A roll-over accident on Egan Drive on Dec. 8 already had claimed the use of the lower half of her 7-year-old body. While in recovery, she stopped breathing. Her body just stopped trying.

The advertisement for city meetings that ran in Friday's print Empire incorrectly said a meeting of the Eaglecrest Ski Area board of directors on April 2 has been canceled.

Photo: ... With all the frills upon it
Kelly Windom, property manager for the Mountain View Seniors Apartments, presents a prize Friday to Paula Alden for her Easter bonnet at the downtown Senior Center. Residents and guests were encouraged to parade an Easter bonnet during Friday's lunch.

Jamie F. Coby
Douglas fisherman Jamie F. Coby, 38, died on March 28, 2002, in a boating accident near Elfin Cove.

Philip C. Edelman
Juneau resident Philip Charles Edelman, 85, died March 26, 2002, in the Juneau Pioneers' Home, after a long bout with Parkinson's disease.

Capitol Notebook: Most of Legislature's Republicans are not lukewarm on taxes
Thump went the Bible. But the House Republican majority didn't jump. Democrat Eric Croft of Anchorage deployed the Good Book in the ultimately fruitless floor debate Wednesday on the long-range fiscal plan that might never come to pass.

What our readers really want
In appreciation for the number of e-mails you're sharing and the quality of your comments, let's do this reader feedback thing one more time. Since our last exciting episode, I've heard from Ethan, Elise, Susan I, Susan II, Mike, Jim, Sybil, Jeff, Nancy, MaryAnn, Mary Ellen, Mark, Anne, Linda, Judy and Barbara. Their excerpted comments and summarized suggestions follow in random order.

The sea claims one of its own
This past Thursday an all too frequent tragedy occurred on calm seas near Elfin Cove. In this part of the world life threatening risks are accepted as a matter of course whether flying or plying the ocean waters.

Toe Cartoon

My Turn: Commercial fishing: the value, danger
The commercial fishing industry is one of the most import and dangerous occupations in Alaska. More families and individuals rely on commercial fishing for jobs and opportunity in Alaska than any other occupation.

Buckwheat Ski Classic results from this year

Snow Report
The status of Alaska ski areas.

The race with a relaxed pace
Each March, at an isolated parking lot just below White Pass, the Buckwheat Ski Classic brings together two types of competitors - those looking to post a good time and those who just want to have one. Athletes and weekend warriors, families and friends, snowshoers and skiers, Yukoners, Skagwegians and Juneauites - all have gathered for the race for the past 16 years at various sites, most recently on March 23 at Log Cabin, a one-time train stop in Canada about 25 miles north of Skagway.

Out and About
In season: Wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), coyote (Sept.-April) and hare (Sept.-April).

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

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.

Arctic Lights overpowers United at end
For all of the offensive fireworks he displayed over the course of the Gold Medal Tournament, it was a shining defensive gem turned in by Nico Harrison that might have topped his highlight reel. In the waning moments of Saturday night's A Bracket championship game, Harrison made a key steal and converted it into a three-point play, thwarting a furious comeback by United of Anchorage and helping vault the Marlintini's Arctic Lights to a 114-109 victory and their first A Bracket championship since 1998.

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.

Gold Medal Boxscores
Winners, losers and special awards from this week's Gold Medal games

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

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.

The Classic 'A' Bracket: United dethrones Tenakee
Called in as an injury replacement, Greg Freeman was just what United of Anchorage needed. Freeman canned 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while teammate Chris Hamey had a game-high 28 points and seven rebounds to lead United to a 104-96 victory over defending Gold Medal A Bracket champion Tenakee Tribe in Friday night's losers' bracket final at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

The Mighty 'B' Bracket: Klawock ends Haines' reign
After building a 20-point lead midway through the first half, Klawock-Prince of Wales was losing its momentum. The three-time defending B Bracket champion Haines Merchants had chopped the lead to two points twice late in the game, and the Merchants were threatening to steal the game. Just when things looked darkest for Klawock, though, David Nix saved the day.

Huna wins title with Strong effort
Huna ANB reached the championship game of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's B Bracket in five of the past six years, but this time the team was ready for something different. Huna wanted to win a title for the first time since 1997.

Gold Medal Boxscores

Huna tops Klukwan with late free throws
Tie game, 2.3 seconds left on the clock, and Louie White of the Huna Totem Oldtimers was going to the free-throw line. After the Klukwan Chilkats called a timeout, White got the ball, took a deep breath, then calmly sank his first shot. Klukwan called another timeout, but White made the second shot.

The Legendary 'C' Bracket: Klukwan returns to title game
The Klukwan Chilkats will take another shot against the Huna Totem Oldtimers in today's Legendary C Bracket championship game at the 56th Annual Gold Medal Tournament. The Chilkats earned a spot in the finals after stopping the defending champion Klawock Old Totems 76-61 on Friday afternoon at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium. The title game between Klukwan and Huna will tip off at 4 p.m.

POW! Klawock women do it again
For the fourth straight year, the Klawock-Prince of Wales women walked away from the Gold Medal Tournament with the championship trophy. In a tough game Saturday, Klawock beat Juneau's Lynden Transport, 68-63, at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym. Klawock has won the championship every year since the women's bracket was introduced in 1999.

The Middle School Bracket: Metlakatla claims first title
Metlakatla beat HoopTime of Juneau 84-58 Friday morning in the first middle school bracket championship game in Gold Medal history at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym, finishing the tournament undefeated.

The Premiere Women's Bracket: Klawock returns to character
After Thursday's loss against Lynden Transport, Klawock-Prince of Wales was back in character against the Haines Merchants on Friday. With an obvious resolve to make it into today's 2 p.m. women's bracket championship game, Klawock beat Haines 81-54 in Friday's losers' bracket final at the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

Ketchikan: City picks bone with dog-powered tours
While a sled-dog team charging through town might be common in some parts of Alaska, it isn't in Ketchikan - and it could become illegal.

Alaska Airlines CEO pauses to celebrate history
As Alaska Airlines celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, it continues to operate in the spirit of the state's aviation pioneers, CEO Bill Ayer told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon Thursday.

Haines: Local author nominated for award
Haines author David LaChapelle has been nominated for a prominent book award from a national alternative media organization.

Valdez: Anacapa begins service with a rescue
Just two days into its duty at Valdez port, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Anacapa received a call from the agency's Valdez Marine Safety Office that the fishing vessel Journeyman was sinking at the Valdez pier.

Metlakatla: School superintendent decides to step down
The superintendent of the Annette Island School District has resigned, citing family difficulties. Dave Dirksen's resignation is effective at the end of the school year.

Skagway: Local visitor season up for grabs
Bookings for the summer season in Skagway vary from business to business, say local companies.

Hydaburg students enjoy learning in new computer lab
Second- and third-grade students at Hydaburg Elementary are learning to read, write and type at the same time in the school's new computer lab. It has 17 state-of-the-art computers, complete with speakers and headphones for every computer, and color printers, a scanner and a digital camera.

Sitka: Hospital makes timely loan payment
Sitka Community Hospital made its first payment March 21 on the $1 million emergency loan it received from the city.

State Briefs
State buys brake inspection system; UA president had hurt his chest; Alaskans to visit Kamchatka; Student sentenced for sexual assault

Redistricting board is broke; forced to ask for funds
The Alaska Redistricting Board doesn't have the money to finish work on a new legislative map ordered by the state Supreme Court. After an expensive legal battle against numerous groups - including top GOP leaders in the state - the board has about $38,000 remaining and a June 1 deadline to complete its work.

Wrangell: Wilson wins space camp scholarship
Wrangell fourth-grader Peter Wilson recently learned he will attend space camp this summer because of a winning essay he wrote about space exploration. The essay earned him a scholarship to U.S. Space Camp in either Huntsville, Ala., or Titusville, Fla. The contest is sponsored by the camp and IGA stores.

Knowles turns down firm's request for Russian processors
Gov. Tony Knowles has turned down a Seattle-based company's proposal to bring Russian fish processing boats into Alaska waters to buy salmon this summer. Knowles said the proposal did not comply with a federal law that prohibits foreign fish processing if plants within the state have the capacity and the intent to process all the fish landed here.

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