DEC praises BP, Phillips for performance on North Slope
State regulators say two of Alaska's big oil companies are keeping their environmental promises at their North Slope oil fields.

Time to get rid of daylight-saving time
Please support House Bill 409 by encouraging the Labor and Commerce Committee to pass this bill out of committee and onto the house floor. The committee will review this bill on March 27.

A bit feisty
I know Jamila Glauber as the mother of one of my daughter's fourth-grade classmates. She is refined, articulate, intelligent, a fine parent and an asset to our community.

Reminder needed
Having mulled over last week's article regarding Ms. Glauber and her encounter with the bus driver, I only have one thing to say: The driver needs to be reminded that his position makes him a civil servant, not a civil master.

Eaglecrest extras
This past spring break, our family was able to take advantage of the slopes of Eaglecrest. Besides the great weather, the experience was made truly fantastic by the great people who work there. I'm not a great skier by any means (in fact, my 9-year-old daughter, Callie, says she's better than me), but we had a blast.

Marine Park plan beneficial overall
I don't consider myself a "C.A.V.E." person, although I do look with healthy skepticism at projects that appear to benefit large, outside-based corporations at the expense of local quality of life, small businesses and the environment. It is just as important for growth activists to recognize that all development projects are not necessarily good, as it is for antis to recognize that all are not necessarily bad.

The best interests of year-round residents
Sunday's paper really helped me sort out the buses, wharf, marine-peoples' park issue, once and for all.

Bus driver's behavior completely inexcusable
I was appalled to read about the tyrannical bus driver employed by CBJ and his action against Jamilla Glauber. His contempt for the rights and sensitivities of his passengers is blatantly laid out for all to witness.

Small fire doused at Lena Cove
Fire crews extinguished a small ground fire at the Lena Cove Picnic Area about 10 this morning.

O'Malley featured at Back Room
Writer Julia O'Malley will be featured at a Juneau Arts and Humanities Council reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Back Room at the Silverbow Inn.

Juneau Assembly starts city manager search
Juneau Mayor Sally Smith named a five-member committee Monday to begin the search for a new city manager. "The first thing is to pull all the wish lists of qualifications and attributes of a city manager," she said. "We'll have those from city staff and Assembly members. The first thing is going to be to sift."

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

Region reacts to hate flyer
The National Alliance, a group the Anti-Defamation League has called the "most dangerous white supremacist group in the country," hand-delivered more than 1,000 flyers to Juneau residents early Sunday, claiming inter-racial sex spreads the HIV virus and advocating America stop its support of Israel.

Port dues are back on table
The Juneau Assembly revived the concept of port dues Monday, but still is discussing how cruise ships might contribute to waterfront projects and maintenance this year. Last year, cruise ships paid 23 cents a net ton to use city port facilities. Those tonnage fees - also called port dues - generated $1.7 million in revenue, but expired Jan. 1. They had been in place for about a decade.

Photo: Coast Guard rite of spring
Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender Elderberry, stationed in Petersburg, load channel marking buoys into a skiff to be placed in the Mendenhall Bar Saturday.

Tenakee council may face a recall
A few residents of Tenakee Springs want to recall members of the town's city council in the wake of its recent decision to get rid of the Village Public Safety Officer Program. Frank Davis and Dick Zagars, residents of the 104-person town about 50 miles southwest of Juneau, are heading up the effort to recall some if not all of the members of the six-person council.

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

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

New director at the Glory Hole brings on-the-street experience
Lance Young, the new director of the Glory Hole homeless shelter and dining hall downtown, says he will draw on his own experience to help others. "I've been through the drugs and alcohol, and I understand where people are at emotionally," said Young, who added he has been homeless several times. "At any moment when someone reaches out their hand for help, that's when miracles happen. I was totally changed."

Around Town
Local nonprofit events.

Correction: Juneau Christian Day Care
Due to incorrect information furnished to the Empire, an article in Wednesday's Neighbors section said that Juneau Christian Day Care had openings. The day care has no openings and has a long waiting list.

Kowanda Gail Leaf
Juneau resident Kowanda Gail Leaf, 63, died Easter morning, March 31, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital of a sudden aneurysm.

Ellen G. Harris
Juneau resident Ellen G. Harris, 84, died March 31, 2002, in Juneau.

Today's oxymoron is cell phone civility
In Friday's Juneau Empire, syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. resisted the notion he was something of a cultural dinosaur just because he was among the last in America to purchase a cell phone. I cannot evaluate his social taxonomy, but I would like to offer him a few tips on how to avoid turning into a jackass when using his newly acquired device.

My Turn: Heliport will change Thane forever
Thane opposes any headlong rush to locate a satellite heliport in our neighborhood. A survey of Thane residents reveals strong, widespread opposition to a heliport at either Dupont or Sheep Creek. Further, Era has told us it is not in a rush, and wants all necessary information before deciding about these options.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals requires new blood
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has long been an embarrassment. Now it is becoming dangerous. And the only remedy - new judges - is being blocked by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

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

It's HoopTime for local youth basketball players
All HoopTime Basketball coach Edd Webb wants from his young basketball players is respect. That shouldn't be asking too much. Webb stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 300 pounds. The ex-Army scout and holder of a black belt in tae kwon do also has a menacing goatee, an earring and a hairless melon.

O'Brien leads Juneau's Glacier Swim Club at Northwest Section meet
Kyle O'Brien won two events and Glacier Swim Club members broke 11 team records as GSC took 36th place in the 2002 Northwest Section Age Group Swim Championships held March 22-24 at the Weyerhauser Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Small schools state tourney brackets set
The Region V-Class 2A runner-up Klawock boys basketball team drew the unenviable task of opening the Class 2A state tournament against the defending champion Point Hope-Tikigaq Harpooners.

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

Tornados third in Petersburg tourney
Alex Martin and Garrett Cox won the titles in their respective weight classes to lead the Juneau Tornados Wrestling Club to a third-place finish in a wrestling tournament in Petersburg on March 23. The Petersburg Arena Wrestling Club won the tournament, followed by Wrangell in second and Juneau in third place with just six wrestlers. Team scores were not available.

Alaska crude oil prices hit a six-month high
ANCHORAGE - Unrest in the Middle East helped to push the price of Alaska North Slope crude oil to a six-month high Monday. State officials say the increase could help trim about $60 million from the state budget gap, which in December was estimated at $865 million for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

State Briefs
Alaska Air plans flights to Long Beach, Calif.; New Fish Board members named by Gov. Knowles; Bill lets commissioner overrule Fish Board in some cases

House considers benchmark for oil spill cleanup technology
A provision that environmental groups say will roll back regulations on preventing and cleaning up oil spills hinges on the definition of the word "best." The word refers to the "best available technology" that oil-transporting companies are required to use in dealing with spills.

State weighs options for new districts
The Alaska Redistricting Board, short on money and time to come up with new legislative districts, remained divided along partisan lines this morning.

Abiding by ancient laws - with help from air freight
Living without easy access to kosher food is just one of the challenges to following Talmudic law in Alaska, where mukluks outnumber yarmulkes.

Firefighters rescue fugitive kitten
Fairbanks firefighters couldn't say no to Conny Funderburk's plea to pluck her calico kitten, Mira, from a tall tree.

Poll: Murkowski leads Ulmer 51-36
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski leads Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer 51-36 in the race for governor, according to a poll released today by the Republican Party of Alaska. Murkowski, a Republican who has been the state's junior senator for 22 years, also has a higher "favorable" rating from the electorate than Ulmer, according to the poll, which is the first scientific survey released to the public during the campaign.

Man arrested in Ketchikan murder
A 38-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the December beating death of a Ketchikan utility worker.

Troubles resume with school reopening
Two weeks after the school was reopened in the Northwest Alaska village of Kivalina, educators report a resumption of student misbehavior, including a threat against a teacher, profanity and vandalism.

Plane crashes at Goose Bay
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a small plane at the Goose Bay airstrip northwest of Anchorage.

Foresters undecided about using alien tree species in beetle-damaged areas
State and federal foresters are trying to decide if private landowners on the Kenai Peninsula and around Anchorage should be allowed to use public money to replace beetle-killed spruce trees with non-native trees.

Measure would stop annual 'spring forward'
Spring is upon us and soon Alaskans will set their clocks forward an hour to adjust for daylight-saving time. The days get longer and the mornings brighter, but one lawmaker in the Legislature says the adjustment is outdated and unnecessary.

Avalanche near Eagle River takes two lives
Two snowshoers died Sunday when they were buried in an avalanche in Eagle River, Alaska State Troopers said.

Cops link money to bank robbery
A man charged with drunken driving was linked to a bank robbery after authorities found $5,000 in his pockets.

Bill to give immunity to legislative staff passes House committee
A bill to extend the immunity provisions that protect lawmakers to legislative staff passed a House committee Monday.

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