Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Support pesticide bill
I am pleased the Senate has bill No. 27 which addresses public notification and access to information about pesticide use in the state of Alaska.

Kucinich supporters not just persevering
Dennis Kucinich came to Juneau and galvanized overflow crowds at five events. The Juneau Empire wrote two stories, but it missed the whole point. Kucinich activists are not "persevering in the face of certain defeat." As Congressman Kucinich said in Juneau, he can do the math.

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.

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.

Peace rally a bust
I was at the peace rally on March 20, shivering in the setting sun as 900 or so names of the dead were read off by a cadre of middle-aged former activists and veterans. Occasionally, a name would choke an audible sob out of the readers' throat, but more often the names were read in such docility that they couldn't be heard over the passing cars.

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.

Tell kids not to steal
This letter is directed to the parents of the thief or thieves who continue to steal bicycles from Glacier Valley Elementary School.

Day to kick smoking
March 31, 2004 is National Kick Butts Day where youth across America join together to promote a tobacco-free environment. As part of the JDHS T.A.T.U. (Teens Against Tobacco Use), I thought I would want to write why I personally don't smoke and encourage others to avoid tobacco as well.

Kucinich, Dean are helping the party
I want to applaud Carol Anderson and Chistopher Wright for expressing much of what I felt the need to say regarding the recent reporting of the Democratic Party presidential campaigns and caucus in Juneau. I will add some additional thoughts.

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.

Discovery Southeast to hold its 15th auction
Discovery Southeast will auction an $18,500 bronze bear sculpture - the most expensive piece ever - at its 15th annual dinner and auction Friday.

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.

JDHS band heads for Windy City
The Juneau-Douglas High School Festival Band endured a long journey fraught with peril.

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.

Around Town
Today:Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

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

Ground loop
Chris Hinkley, 14, surveys the damage to the model plane he and his mother, Maggie, were flying near their Switzer Creek area home on Tuesday evening.

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:

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.

Bond cut for woman charged in taxi assault
An 18-year-old woman charged with her husband in a Jan. 7 attack of Juneau cab driver Eric Drake smiled and waved at her 8-month-old son Tuesday, before a judge made it easier for her to get out of jail.

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.

City lawsuit alleges taxicab companies owe back-sales taxes
The owners of two Juneau taxi companies owe the city more than $100,000 in unpaid sales tax, interest and penalties, a lawsuit filed Tuesday morning alleges.

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.

Correction
Due to an editor's error, Sen. Bert Stedman's city of residence was misstated in a note at the end of a My Turn opinion column that ran in Tuesday's Empire. Stedman is from Sitka and his district includes Ketchikan.

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

Warranted exuberance
August McAllister, 9, gives a joyful jump over a representation of a compass aboard the Fairweather last week during a ferry open house.

Neighbors Digest
Staff Reports

Thank you
... for the rabies clinic

Singers sought for festival of Christian, Islamic, Jewish music
A festival of Christian, Islamic and Jewish music is being planned for the evening of April 25, 2004 at St. Paul's Church, across from the Mendenhall Mall turn-off. Entitled "A Celebration of the Children of Abraham," it will emphasize common origins and beliefs of the three faiths and feature chants and canons -sometimes layered and sung simultaneously - with audience participation.

Math winners
The Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Mathcounts team, coached by longtime Mathcounts coach Mary Borthwick, right, took third at the state competition in Anchorage on March 6. Pictured, from left, retiring Alaska Society of Professional Engineers treasurer Don Dent, who presented awards to Gus Browning, Isaac Stark, Nick Waldo and Dylan Wenzlau.

Pets of the week
Big Boy is a man's cat, an amiable, easy-care shorthair He is a large, neutered male who is outgoing, friendly and playful. Kit-Kat is a beautiful young, spayed female with medium-length black hair and green eyes. She is outgoing, friendly, and loves to be petted.

Jennie Marie Rodenberg
Longtime Juneau resident Jennie Marie Rodenberg, 89, died March 27, 2004, in Juneau after a lengthy illness.

Tobacco tax is a deep well government uses for cash
I just got done reading the article on the state Web site about Gov. Murkowski introducing legislation calling for a $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes.

Empire editorial: State needs leadership to solve the budget gap
It's ironic that the goose that lays this state's golden eggs - oil money - is also one of the biggest hindrances as the Alaska Legislature wrestles with what could become a $700 million budget deficit in the next five years.

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

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' playoff hopes dwindle with loss to Mavs
DALLAS - Already the league's highest-scoring team, the Dallas Mavericks are trying to improve their playoff chances by doing more of what they do best.

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.

No state crowns for Southeast
There won't be any state high school basketball titles residing in Southeast for the next year. The defending state champion Hydaburg boys fell to a powerful Lumen Christi squad of Anchorage 49-33 on Saturday night in the Class 2A boys state tourney title game at Anchorage's Service High School.

Sports in Juneau
• Juneau Soccer Club - 2004 Juneau-Whitehorse Exchange Tournament: This tournament will use Arctic Winter Games indoor soccer rules and takes place Friday through Sunday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and Floyd Dryden Middle School, with an outdoor game each day Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Local State High School Basketball Champions
The past winners of the state high school basketball championships. Before 1973, the all-Alaska basketball championships featured a best-two-games-of-three series between the Southeast and Western Alaska champions.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports

Flying boat to serve this fall
A company that hopes to operate speedy seaplanes in Southeast Alaska this fall will hold a public meeting Thursday to address concerns about the new transportation method.

Outside residents' dividend on the line
Almost 17,000 Alaskans living outside of the state received dividends from the Alaska Permanent Fund last year - removing about $19 million from the state's economy - and many may never return to live here.

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 Digest
staff and Wire reports

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.

Wolf swipes chow, dies
ANCHORAGE - When Jan Perkins opened her porch door to find out what was causing such a racket in the middle of the night, the Chuathbaluk resident reached out to calm the large animal she thought was Muffy, the family Pyrenees.

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."

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.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1915, the $10 wolf bounty, passed by the Legislature, was approved by Gov. John F. A. Strong.

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.

House Finance Committee restores Medicaid
The House Finance Committee restored money previously cut by a subcommittee in the proposed state budget for Medicaid, a program that provides health care to low-income Alaskans.

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