Letters, photos are a window on the warmth of an icy world
"Ice Window" is a collection chiefly of correspondence and diaries by Ellen Kittredge Lopp (1868-1947) and her husband William "Tom" (1864-1939). These and related documents have been edited and annotated by retired teacher Kathleen Lopp Smith, daughter of Dwight, the only son among Ellen and Tom's eight children. A typescript of her grandmother's letters sparked Kathleen's interest in her family's experiences in Alaska.

Alaska Folk Festival 2002
The schedule of events and preformances for the 2002 Alaska Folk Festival.

Fight child abuse
The Mint Green Ribbon Campaign occurs in April during National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. The campaign is a grassroots effort made up of volunteers across the state.

Barrett nominated to vice commandant of Coast Guard
Rear Adm. Thomas Barrett, who has commanded the Coast Guard in Alaska for three years, has been nominated by President Bush for promotion to vice admiral, one of four in the nation, and to service as vice commandant, the second-highest position in that branch of the military.

Students' silent statement promotes tolerance for gays
Coryjean Whittemore, Christy Eriksen and Olivia Watson want to speak up for tolerance of gays and lesbians in their school and community by saying nothing at all.The three Juneau-Douglas High School students are organizing a "Day of Silence" at the school on Wednesday, during which participating students will not speak.

Hatemongers do more than pamphleteer
The group that shocked Juneau residents last weekend by distributing white-supremacist literature does a lot more than anonymously toss racist and anti-Semitic propaganda onto people's lawns.The Virginia-based National Alliance has been linked to synagogue bombings, bank robberies and a shootout with police, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based research center that investigates hate groups.

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

Out of Juneau's past, a call for help
The hub of historic Juneau, the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, needs financial help from the community for repairs.The church is caught between defining itself as active or historic, said Dick Dauenhauer, a Douglas author and linguist heading a group of concerned citizens. The church, at 108 years old, is the oldest surviving Orthodox Church in Southeast Alaska.

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

My Turn: Wouldn't it be great to have a road in and out?
Juneau, the city beautiful, but also the city isolated, or at least the city of restricted access. The good Lord provided an unbelievably beautiful city where the mountains and the glaciers are just outside the windows of the homesites on the water. Add gold and some miners and build an appropriately quaint and attractive village.

My Turn: Is Legislature demonstrating anarchy or democracy?
I have observed with increasing concern efforts by some legislators and Senate leadership to downplay and even squash efforts of Rep. Bill Hudson and his bipartisan Fiscal Policy Caucus friends to fix Alaska's fiscal crisis. To be polite as possible, where did these other people go to school?

Long-range tourism partnership is a framework for cooperation
A first glimpse of the long-awaited tourism master plan was released this week. Over the past year city staff has worked with consultants Egret Communications and KPMG to produce the document. Unquestionably, the most important component of the process has been public input.

The truth is, curling is somewhere between hockey and chess
What's nearly as old as golf, cheaper to suit up for than football and is played in 30 nations by 2 million people? Curling dates back to 16th century Scotland and is enjoying a new popularity. "Enjoying" may be a strong word. No one appears to really enjoy curling. It's a thinking game of rocks, ice and little brooms. It's a game we can all play in our new indoor ice rink, if we're willing to pebble the ice.

Capitol Notebook: Legislators might be around for fireworks
Well, isn't that special?Gov. Tony Knowles confirmed Friday what had seemed clear for some time: The 22nd Legislature will not conclude its work by the scheduled adjournment date of May 14. The subsistence issue, if unresolved then, will bring lawmakers back the next day, or the day following any extension of the regular session.

Toe Cartoon

A Big-Time small-town race
It was June 1941, and Juneau's mayor had declared a half-day holiday for the race.While most of the town's citizens lined up on 12th Street, 60 boys fretted nervously, making last-minute adjustments to their homemade coaster cars. A 3-foot-high ramp had been constructed at the top of the hill just above the bridge that crosses Gold Creek near Cope Park. In heats of three, the boys launched out of the ramp, shot down the hill, negotiated a difficult turn on the bridge and sped on to 12th Street where the waiting crowd leaned forward and roared.

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

Tips for improving outdoor photography
Have you ever seen the most incredibly beautiful landscape before you, the most amazing sunset, or a tiny, softly illuminated flower? Have you ever taken a picture of such a vision and been disappointed when you got your photos developed and they were nothing like what you remember seeing?

Snow Report
The status of Alaska ski areas.

Ninilchik girls top Yakutat for title
The Ninilchik High School girls basketball team claimed its third straight Class 2A state basketball title with a 35-15 victory over the Yakutat Eagles on Saturday at Anchorage's Service High School.The victory capped off a perfect season for Ninilchik, which finished the year with a 28-0 record.

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

Juneau boys go 4-0 in Spokane
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team closed out its four-game, four-day road trip to Spokane, Wash., with a 5-1 victory over the Mount Spokane Wildcats on Friday and a 1-0 victory over the Mead Panthers on Saturday.

Stevens wins third crown
When Juneau's Russ Stevens lost to Auke Bay's Jess McCallon in a Roughhouse Fridays bout last January, he tried to go toe-to-toe with the larger McCallon.On Friday, when the two met for the Southeast Showdown heavyweight title, Stevens employed a new strategy. Stevens, who's not small at 6-foot-5, 242 pounds, used a jab-and-move strategy to earn a split decision over the 6-3, 313-pound McCallon.

Chilkat: Klukwan gets $5,000 grant for housing
Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority and Chilkat Indian Village received a $5,000 grant to help improve Native housing needs.

Haines: Feds crack down on plants at border
Haines gardeners who buy houseplants, fruit trees or seeds from Yukon growers will have to take extra steps this year to ensure their purchases can be brought back home.

Skagway: Cases settled in saloon stabbing
Two men involved in a stabbing at a local saloon last September have both pleaded guilty to lesser charges, said their attorneys.

Sitka: Parks and rec chief resigns
Barnaby Dow, the city's first parks and recreation coordinator, has resigned to pursue other career opportunities, including campaign consulting work and graduate school in the fall.

Haines: City backs new harbor plan
The Haines City Council has voted to support a scaled-back expansion of the small boat harbor.

State Briefs
Hickel in Juneau to promote new book; Comments open on correspondence school regulations; Pipeline repair cost climbs to $20 million; Feds clear UAA of racism allegations

Investigators intrigued by student project
FAIRBANKS - A University of Alaska Fairbanks chemistry student's senior research project is getting some extracurricular attention. Local law enforcement investigators are now looking at UAF senior Laurie Martin's research on a solution used to detect blood at crime scenes and may decide to employ the chemical.

Photo: Filing for re-election
Rep. Don Young, Republican of Alaska, answers questions from reporters Friday following his filing for re-election at the Division of Elections in Anchorage. This will be the congressman's 16th campaign. michael dinneen / the associated press

Klawock: Board: School won't close
In an effort to quash rumors that the Klawock School would close because of financial difficulties, the Klawock Board of Education hosted meetings during February and early March.

Lawsuit dubs law enforcement efforts in rural Alaska ineffective
ANCHORAGE - A lawsuit being heard in state Superior Court in Anchorage contends there is an unequal level of law enforcement in Alaska. Lawyers for plaintiffs say the lesser standard of police protection found in rural, primarily Native, communities amounts to racially separate, unequal treatment.

Wrangell: Halibut gets a kick start
Halibut season came in like a lion with roaring winds and curling waves. Nevertheless, longliners headed out into predicted storms to begin the season on March 18.

Wrangell: Rooney wins youth court scholarship
Ronan Rooney has been selected to receive a scholarship to the National Youth Court Conference, based on outstanding scores on his qualifying essay.

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