Saturday, April 6, 2002

Litter everywhere in Juneau
Juneau has another garbage problem that is overshadowed by the bear garbage problem. It is one that can be easily controlled by everyone who lives here and won't cost much more than some time to resolve and some thought to prevent. I'm talking about the litter that can be found along roadsides, trails, on the city streets, in the parks, along the waterway and generally anywhere people go.

Improve Marine Park
I wish to voice my support for the Marine Park/Steamship Wharf improvements as depicted in the March 31 edition of the Juneau Empire.

Judge kills suit against city meetings
A judge has denied a Juneau man's request to open meetings between the North West CruiseShip Association and city officials to the public.The city is sending Assembly member Dale Anderson, city Port Director Joe Graham, Docks and Harbors Board Chairman Loren Gerhard, city engineer Joe Buck and Deputy City Manager Donna Pierce to Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday to meet with representatives of the association.

Ciri helps UAS keep high-tech edge
Twenty years ago, while still a teen-ager, Michael Ciri turned heads as he lugged a state-of-the-art portable Osborne computer to his classes at what was called the University of Alaska Juneau.A few new campus buildings and a school name change later, an old Osborne gathers dust in Ciri's office, where he continues to be at the leading edge of technology at the University of Alaska Southeast. Now 37, the school's regional director of information technology services has spent more than half his life on campus.

Photo: Derelict-boat sweep
Brad Rider jumps off a derelict wooden boat as employees of the city's Docks and Harbors Department work Thursday to clean up the beach south of the rock dump along Thane Road. The department plans to burn the boats next week.

FYI
Births

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

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

Juneau Housing Trust seeking applicants for housing model
Two nonprofit groups, Juneau Housing Trust and Housing First, have collaborated to create home-ownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income households or households with a single income. As their first project, they are building Treadwell Prospect, four attached homes in Douglas.

Plan calls for new tours, forum
An annual community tourism forum, more downtown events, a floatplane museum and new tours to attract multi-day visitors are suggestions in a draft long-range tourism plan for Juneau released this week.Over the past year, the city has worked with consultants Egret Communications and KPMG on the document. A citywide Web poll about the plan starts Monday, according to Bob Harvey of Egret Communications, team leader for the project.

Factory supervisor contributed to Normandy invasion
In her prime, Anna Hitchcock supervised hundreds of seamstresses turning out parachutes for the 1944 Allied Invasion of Normandy. The parachutes were produced in the mill town of Lowell, Mass., by converted textile factories that had previously been making soldiers' uniforms.

Winter damage offers chance for gardening thrills
Energy concentrates in tiny nodes, it pours out of the sky onto the frozen land and little by little, the occupants respond. They emerge from the sluggish torpor of dormant life and tentatively extend feelers to see if it is finally safe to begin exposing tender tissues to the elements. Buds swell on trees, crocus flowers spot the landscape, and even occasional daffodils can be seen. We begin again interacting with our cultivated brethren and sisters.

Neighbors Briefs
Week of the Young Child set; Sealaska seeks volunteers; Juneau Soroptimists honor award recipient

God offers us peace in times that are scary and uncertain
On the first Easter evening, the gospel of John tells us that the disciples had locked themselves in a room out of fear. Even though Mary, Peter and John had witnessed the empty tomb and Mary had talked to the Risen Lord herself, the disciples were nevertheless trapped in fear, grief, and guilt.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and older).

Cliffton Melzo
Juneau resident Cliffton Charles Melzo, 27, died April 2, 2002, in Juneau.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

State should get value for Alaska's oil
In 1974, Saudi Arabia established "OPEC-Terms," a tax equaling 85 percent of the profits the oil companies received from the sale of OPEC oil, plus a 20 percent royalty. (Royalty is oil government keeps.)

Juneau boys win again in Spokane
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team won its second game over one of the top teams in Spokane, Wash., claiming a 1-0 victory over previously undefeated University High School on Thursday afternoon.

Yakutat, Kake girls win 2A state openers
In a last-minute upset, Kake High School's unranked girls basketball team defeated second-ranked Point Hope-Tikigaq 56-53 Thursday at the Class 2A state tournament at Service High School in Anchorage.

DQ highlights SE Showdown
In roughhouse boxing action that saw more gripping and grabbing than demonstrations of the sweet science, the highlight of the first night of the Southeast Showdown was the unexpected disqualification of one of Juneau's top heavyweight fighters Thursday at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Yukon Quest denies protest by Freeman
FAIRBANKS -- Two Rivers musher Joran Freeman won't get an apology or the return of his $1,000 entry fee from the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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

Home-schooling regs draw mixed reactions
Changes to proposed rules for the state's public correspondence school programs, presented at a state Board of Education work session on Thursday, are drawing sharply divided responses from parents and school officials."I was very pleased that the department (of Education) listened to our comments," said parent Pam Eberhardt of Juneau, who has two children enrolled with Galena-based Interior Distance Education of Alaska. "I feel like they rewrote (the regulations) in a way that's more understanding of the unique characteristics of home schooling."

FCC to return millions to Native partnerships
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Native partnerships that bid on wireless telephone frequencies last year will get 85 percent of their multimillion dollar investments back while the U.S. Supreme Court considers a dispute over the auction.

Lieberman objects to review of report on ANWR wildlife
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Joseph Lieberman says he objects to the Interior Department's decision to take another look at a report that found oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could harm caribou populations.

State briefs
Winds send roof sailing; Man pleads guilty to fake call; House objects to attack ads

Updated: Knowles calls special session
Buoyed by Tuesday's vote in Anchorage favoring a constitutional amendment on subsistence, Gov. Tony Knowles announced this morning that he is calling the Legislature into special session next month to consider a rural priority for the taking of fish and game for personal and community use. The special session, which will be the sixth on subsistence, is set to begin immediately after the adjournment of the regular session, now scheduled for May 14.

State Legislature to consider 'do-not-call' list legislation
Some lawmakers are tired of telemarketers making unsolicited phone calls in the middle of dinner.A bill by Anchorage Democratic Rep. Harry Crawford and cosponsored by several others would strengthen current "do-not-call" laws that fall short of keeping salesmen from calling people at home.

Emergency tourism marketing funds again in doubt in Senate
A proposal to give $2 million to the state's tourism industry for an emergency marketing campaign is again in doubt in the state Senate.Senate Rules Chairman Randy Phillips, an Eagle River Republican, said Thursday the funding will be eliminated from a "fast track" supplemental bill now in his committee.

University of Alaska wants 'altitude' in its future
Twenty-five supporters of the University of Alaska system came to Juneau earlier this week to lobby the Legislature for $16.9 million in additional funds and to brag about what the system has to offer.Three chancellors took their lobbying to the joint weekly luncheon of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

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