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Tuesday, April 10, 2001

In the Tank

Business Profile

Smaller cruise lines growing in Southeast
When most people in Alaska think of cruise ships, they think big. But the small cruise ship industry is drawing thousands of people to Southeast every summer - and leaving in its wake a significant amount of money.

Business Profile

Making a business out of child's play
Excitement and adventure ruled the day as the first kids to use a new Juneau family recreation facility bounced, climbed and slid their way in and out of Willy Wonka-size yellow tubes and padded, blue and red play structures.

On the Move

Contracts awarded for studies of gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage companies are among six contractors awarded work on feasibility studies for a proposed pipeline for North Slope gas. The line, if it is built, would take four billion cubic feet of gas daily to Lower 48 markets.

Contracts awarded for studies of gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage companies are among six contractors awarded work on feasibility studies for a proposed pipeline for North Slope gas. The line, if it is built, would take four billion cubic feet of gas daily to Lower 48 markets.

Smaller cruise lines growing in Southeast
When most people in Alaska think of cruise ships, they think big. But the small cruise ship industry is drawing thousands of people to Southeast every summer - and leaving in its wake a significant amount of money.

In the Tank

Making a business out of child's play
Excitement and adventure ruled the day as the first kids to use a new Juneau family recreation facility bounced, climbed and slid their way in and out of Willy Wonka-size yellow tubes and padded, blue and red play structures.

On the Move

Around Town

Obituary

Around Town

Obituaries

Around Town

Around Town

Obituaries

Obituary

Briefly

Briefly

Teens without homes
Although from 100 to 200 local teens spend a portion of the year scrounging for food and shelter, and a few of them sell drugs and sex, the problem of homeless youth in Juneau is largely unrecognized, according to social service providers and ministers.

Court: Sex crime law too harsh
SAN FRANCISCO - An Alaska law goes too far in requiring some sex offenders to register their whereabouts four times a year for life, a federal appeals court has ruled. The ruling throws out the registration requirement for nearly two thirds of Alaska sex offenders.

Test run: Therapy for DWIs
Searching for new ways to deal with chronic drunken drivers, the state House on Friday unanimously approved a bill setting up therapeutic courts on a test basis in two Alaska cities.

Legislature 2001: Dems lose abortion fight
Senate Democrats tried but failed Monday to strip an abortion provision in a Republican spending plan that could lead to a shutdown of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Asphalt plant drops Crazy Horse Drive site
Montana Creek Development Inc. last week abandoned a permit request to run an asphalt plant near the end of Crazy Horse Drive in the Mendenhall Valley, opting instead to use a site on Industrial Boulevard.

Friends call church gunman a good man in need of help
Friends of James Onstott claim the man who police and witnesses say fired a pistol once during a six-hour standoff at a local church Sunday was caught in a downward spiral - out of work, "down on his luck" and recovering from knee surgery.

Test run: Therapy for DWIs
Searching for new ways to deal with chronic drunken drivers, the state House on Friday unanimously approved a bill setting up therapeutic courts on a test basis in two Alaska cities.

Friends call church gunman a good man in need of help
Friends of James Onstott claim the man who police and witnesses say fired a pistol once during a six-hour standoff at a local church Sunday was caught in a downward spiral - out of work, "down on his luck" and recovering from knee surgery.

City, JAHMI close to deal on Salmon Creek building
The Juneau Assembly on Monday gave City Manager Dave Palmer the go-ahead to finalize a lease and purchase agreement for the city's Salmon Creek building with the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc.

Legislature 2001: Dems lose abortion fight
Senate Democrats tried but failed Monday to strip an abortion provision in a Republican spending plan that could lead to a shutdown of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Correction

City, JAHMI close to deal on Salmon Creek building
The Juneau Assembly on Monday gave City Manager Dave Palmer the go-ahead to finalize a lease and purchase agreement for the city's Salmon Creek building with the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc.

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

Court: Sex crime law too harsh
SAN FRANCISCO - An Alaska law goes too far in requiring some sex offenders to register their whereabouts four times a year for life, a federal appeals court has ruled. The ruling throws out the registration requirement for nearly two thirds of Alaska sex offenders.

Acts of traffic kindness at bridge may be dangerous
Retired emergency medical technician John Niemi considers the Douglas end of Douglas Bridge an accident waiting to happen.

State could force towns into boroughs
Gustavus, Angoon, Hydaburg and many other communities across the state could be forced to join a borough or form their own under a bill passed by the Senate on Monday.

Six-hour standoff at church
A 63-year-old man described by his pastor as having been "in and out of jail and mental institutions" kept police at bay for six hours Sunday by threatening to kill himself and firing one shot inside the United Pentecostal Church on Glacier Highway.

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

Correction

Acts of traffic kindness at bridge may be dangerous
Retired emergency medical technician John Niemi considers the Douglas end of Douglas Bridge an accident waiting to happen.

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

Teens without homes
Although from 100 to 200 local teens spend a portion of the year scrounging for food and shelter, and a few of them sell drugs and sex, the problem of homeless youth in Juneau is largely unrecognized, according to social service providers and ministers.

Six-hour standoff at church
A 63-year-old man described by his pastor as having been "in and out of jail and mental institutions" kept police at bay for six hours Sunday by threatening to kill himself and firing one shot inside the United Pentecostal Church on Glacier Highway.

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

State could force towns into boroughs
Gustavus, Angoon, Hydaburg and many other communities across the state could be forced to join a borough or form their own under a bill passed by the Senate on Monday.

Asphalt plant drops Crazy Horse Drive site
Montana Creek Development Inc. last week abandoned a permit request to run an asphalt plant near the end of Crazy Horse Drive in the Mendenhall Valley, opting instead to use a site on Industrial Boulevard.

Don't discount progress, potential of UA system
The following editorial appeared in Sunday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: The University of Alaska has made great strides in the two years since President Mark Hamilton enlisted the Legislature's assistance in reversing years of systemwide decline.

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. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Human behavior is timeless, not just a modern condition
By now most of us are quite familiar with Sidney D. Heidersdorf's views on sexuality, having been subjected to his/her letters to the editor for many years. In his/her most recent letter (Empire, April 6), Heidersdorf tries to convince us that contraceptives are bad and are actually agents of abortion.

The danger of delay
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: The Bush administration has largely stuck to temperate language in its dispute with China over the April 1 midair collision between a U.S. surveillance plane and a Chinese jet fighter, a course not made easier by the heated rhetoric emanating from Beijing. But harsh facts threaten to overtake this prudent official moderation.

Human behavior is timeless, not just a modern condition
By now most of us are quite familiar with Sidney D. Heidersdorf's views on sexuality, having been subjected to his/her letters to the editor for many years. In his/her most recent letter (Empire, April 6), Heidersdorf tries to convince us that contraceptives are bad and are actually agents of abortion.

Proposing a medical and social disaster
Let me get this straight. Because the Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee do not wish to allow poor women to receive state funds to obtain abortions, they would prefer to shut down the entire state Department of Health and Human Services.

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. Callers must leave their name and a number at

Making a difference one child at a time
Thank you for Eric Fry's stories on Juneau's schools and the struggles of administrators, teachers and citizens to come to terms with increasing needs and decreasing funds.

Time to support campaign reform
Some politicians are motivated by true public spirit. And some sell out to the highest bidder. Politics may be the world's second oldest profession, but the prime motivator is often very like the first - money.

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. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

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. Callers must leave their name and a number at

Making a difference one child at a time
Thank you for Eric Fry's stories on Juneau's schools and the struggles of administrators, teachers and citizens to come to terms with increasing needs and decreasing funds.

Time to support campaign reform
Some politicians are motivated by true public spirit. And some sell out to the highest bidder. Politics may be the world's second oldest profession, but the prime motivator is often very like the first - money.

Proposing a medical and social disaster
Let me get this straight. Because the Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee do not wish to allow poor women to receive state funds to obtain abortions, they would prefer to shut down the entire state Department of Health and Human Services.

The danger of delay
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: The Bush administration has largely stuck to temperate language in its dispute with China over the April 1 midair collision between a U.S. surveillance plane and a Chinese jet fighter, a course not made easier by the heated rhetoric emanating from Beijing. But harsh facts threaten to overtake this prudent official moderation.

Don't discount progress, potential of UA system
The following editorial appeared in Sunday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: The University of Alaska has made great strides in the two years since President Mark Hamilton enlisted the Legislature's assistance in reversing years of systemwide decline.

Local Scoreboard: Sitka Invitational

Juneau girls, Sitka boys win on track
Adriana Rodriguez led the Juneau-Douglas High School girls track team to a season-opening victory in a meet in Sitka on Saturday.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Sitka Invitational

Juneau girls, Sitka boys win on track
Adriana Rodriguez led the Juneau-Douglas High School girls track team to a season-opening victory in a meet in Sitka on Saturday.

Sports in Juneau

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