Monday, April 8, 2002

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.

Hillside slide dangers
A frightening development has occurred in the Planning Commission deliberations regarding South Franklin Street. They are going to discuss it again this Tuesday night. There is something they do not understand which must be clarified.

Express outrage, not indifference
I want to thank Melinda Plenda and the Juneau Empire for following up on the story about the National Alliance. While it sounded as if there wasn't much we could do, I don't think there are many of us who want to accept that.

Subsistence invites votes of emotion
Once again our conscientious, diligent governor is calling for a special session of our fractious and truly representative Legislature to address the subsistence issue. I would like to see some brave soul talk about just how this will affect the management of fish and game.

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.

Group: Cut trees to save salmon
A citizens group and local foresters want to thin the woods near part of Duck Creek to create better conditions for spawning salmon. Reaction from nearby residents is mixed.

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

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

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

Banner case heading to court
Joseph Frederick, the Juneau-Douglas High School senior suspended in January for displaying a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" during the Olympic Torch Relay, is taking his case to court with the support of the Alaska Civil Liberties Union.

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.

Spring flight
One of a "kettle" of about 10 eagles soars Sunday near the Douglas Bridge. The birds take advantage of thermals, rising currents of warm air and updrafts generated by valley edges or mountain slopes.

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.

Overturned kayaker recovering from hypothermia after rescue
A 25-year-old kayaker is home from the hospital and in good condition today after flipping out of her kayak into the frigid waters of Auke Bay on Saturday.

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.

KJUD workers leave jobs to protest cutbacks
Three of four staffers at local television station KJUD, Channel 8, are leaving to protest what they say is a waning interest in Juneau by the station's Anchorage-based parent company. The company, ABC SuperStation, says it remains committed to Juneau.

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.

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Genoveva 'Eving' Subeldia
Juneau resident Genoveva "Eving" Subeldia, 73, died April 7, 2002, in Juneau.

Henry C. Brown
A 40-day party, a traditional celebration held 40 days following a death, will be held for Henry C. "Chuck" Brown at 5 p.m. today, April 8, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau.

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?

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.

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.

SE economy offers opportunities
As we look ahead to the future of our region there is cause for concern, and a need to take action. Southeast Alaska is falling behind on the economic front. We are trailing the state and the nation in per capita income and total personal income growth.

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.

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.

Selling Alaska land will help solve gap in state budget
The state of Alaska owns more land than the other 49 states combined, 104 million acres versus 92 million acres. It is the second largest landowner in the United States, second only to the federal government.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Glacier 10K and one-mile results
Results from the Southeast Road Runners club's Glacier 10K and one-mile races, held near Mendenhall Glacier on Saturday.

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

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

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: 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.

Scientists report findings about ancient Alaska
From the Bering Sea to the rain forests of Southeast, archaeologists dug and sifted through thousands of years of Alaska history last year, uncovering a past more complex and varied than once thought.

Mini-golf brings in big donations
About $75,000 was raised Saturday in the Bettye Fahrenkamp Legislative Putting Tournament at the Capitol.

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.

Park Service buys mine inholding
The National Park Service has acquired the Chititu Mine, a 907-acre private parcel in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the agency announced.

Kenai give pink slips to 32 teachers
Thirty-two Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers got pink slips last week.

Musher killed by runaway snowmobile
Veteran musher and outdoorsman Fred Jordan of Tanana was killed after he was struck by a runaway, driverless snowmachine early Sunday morning.

Study finds Alaska Air tops in passenger service
Airlines' efforts to bring back passengers after the Sept. 11 attacks are being helped by more on-time arrivals, less luggage lost and fewer travelers being bumped, said a study released Monday.

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

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.

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.

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.

New tunnel not drawing expected visitors
The project to connect Whittier to Alaska's road system has failed to bring the large increase in visitors state transportation officials expected.

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.

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.

Forest council seeks members
The nonprofit Alaska Community Forest Council is accepting applications for new members. The council works to improve the qualify of life in communities by caring for urban and community trees and forests. It also supports tree plantings and advises the state Division of Forestry.

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.

Cook Inlet field shows more promise for oil
The fourth exploration well drilled by Forest Oil Corp. from its Cook Inlet platform indicates the Redoubt Shoal field holds 100 million barrels of recoverable oil, the company says.

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

Bill seeks limit on cell phones
A bill that aims to cut down on traffic accidents by prohibiting drivers from talking on cell phones without the use of a hands-free device goes before the House Judiciary Committee today. Some say the measure is unnecessary.

British adventurers abandon quest to cross Bering Strait
A pair of British adventurers have abandoned their attempt to drive an extensively modified snowcat across the Bering Strait this year, according to a producer for a cable television network who accompanied the expedition.

Correction: Jennifer Loesch
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, the name of University of Alaska Southeast student Jennifer Loesch was misspelled in an article in Friday's Empire.

Photo: Dance celebration
Natalia Smith, 88, performs with the Hooper Bay Traditional Dancers at the 13th annual Camai Dance Festival on Saturday in Bethel.

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