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Friday, April 11, 2003

Real jobs, real handouts
Dave Fremming says his argument is simple: Laws protecting the public's air, land and water destroy business opportunities and we need "real" jobs based on resource extraction not government largesse.

Overkill
America is bombing dog in order to kill a flea. We've not eliminated our flea, but we've killed lots of dogs. Shame on us.

United or divided?
I was listening to Rush Limbaugh the other day and was disappointed to hear him once again drone on and on about the liberals this, Democrats that. All of a sudden I had an epiphany. Why is everyone so caught up about being a Democrat or a Republican? The fact of the matter is, we are at war. It doesn't matter if you are on the left or the right, America is at war and, as Americans, we are unequivocally part of this process.

Let them know you care
To all those writing in protest of the war, complaining of being labeled "un-American," and stating your utmost support of our troops and utter disapproval of our president, I wonder if you think about how your anti-war statements, actions and protest rallies affect the morale of those in Iraq fighting and dying right now for your freedom to continue voicing your opinion.

No basis for closing Alyeska Central School
I am suffering a total loss of understanding as to why the Murkowski administration has proposed closing Alyeska Central School.

Clean things up
I don't know how many of you have been to the top of Mount Juneau recently, but if you get a chance to hike up there you won't believe your eyes.

Concerned for a long time
Golf, the sport of kings and commoners alike, has apparently been around since the mid-15th century and the Scots are given credit for at least its initial development, perhaps its very discovery.

Cut Corrections' budget
Friday's Empire reported efforts to prosecute more rural crimes and to ignore Corrections' budgets and crowded prisons. Actually, it's time to stop excessive imprisonment of Alaskans, especially males and Native Alaskans.

Opponent of war; advocate of troops
I think people are misinterpreting the message that anti-war demonstrators are giving. I am anti-war, but that in no way means I don't support the troops.

Examples of hysteria
Mr. Geldhof, there you go again! This time you have not only insulted many 574 card-carrying Alaskans by implying they are lacking in brains, but you have insulted the non-574 card-carrying "greenies" as you call them by implying they have been ineffective.

Southeast man wins Bronze Star for spearheading assault on airfield in Iraq
The son of a Juneau couple won a Bronze Star in the Iraq war for his role in a U.S. assault on the airfield at Najaf.

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

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

Quakers coordinate response to Iraq
The Juneau Friends Meeting, a local Quaker group, is asking individuals, groups and organizations to respond to the need for emergency assistance for the victims of war in Iraq.

AroundTown
Local nonprofit events

Photo: Ready for Showtime
Tessina Davidson, right, and Dorian Smith, center, along with other members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Drill Team practice their motorcycle-themed tournament routine Wednesday evening.

'Day of Silence' aims to support gays, lesbians
Hoping silence would speak louder than words, about 100 Juneau-Douglas High School students vowed not to talk during the school day Wednesday. "We're doing this to recognize the silence gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students go through in their life in school, from harassment and discrimination and basically not being able to voice themselves out of fear of being hurt," said Coryjean Whittemore, one of the student organizers of the Juneau Day of Silence.

This Day in History
In 1914, Excavation started for the concrete Messerschmidt Building, now the Silverbow Inn, in Juneau.

Fare cuts boost youth ridership on Capital Transit buses
Juneau's young people have been riding the bus more since Capital Transit cut its youth fares last year.

Helping Families: Time to learn, time to vent
Sometimes, Jodi Rumph, mother to three children under the age of 6, just needs to complain. "In all fairness, after a week when the baby's not sleeping and the kid has a cold, and I haven't slept more than two hours in a week, I just want to go tell people about it and they can say, 'Oh, that's too bad,'" Rumph said.

A Christian take on Passover
With Passover next week, some Juneau Christians will hear today how understanding the Jewish holiday can enhance Christian faith. Alan Bond, a representative of Jews for Jesus, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that advocates Christ as the Messiah, will speak at 7 tonight at the Juneau Church of the Nazarene.

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

There's no escaping it!
Every time I go anywhere in Juneau, I am greeted by a chorus of "Hey, Ms. Garot!" Renting a movie at Blockbuster, eating out or trying out the steam room at JRC. It doesn't matter where or when.

Two great painters told of three mighty ships
"The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things, of ships and shoes and sealing wax and cabbages and kings."

Hall, Wittig marry
Sheryl Lynn Hall and Michael Lee Wittig were married Aug. 10, 2002, at Glacier Gardens in Juneau.

FYI
Births, Marriage Licenses, Courts, Divorces and Judgements

Gardening series set
The annual Gardening at Noon series of classes will start April 11 at the JCVB meeting room in Centennial Hall.

Charter school now accepting applications
The Juneau Community Charter School is accepting student applications for Fall 2003 through the month of April for kindergarten through sixth grade.

Boddys celebrate anniversary
Doug and Betty Boddy are celebrating 50 years of marriage. Friends of the couple are invited to join them at a reception on April 18, 2003, at 6:30 p.m. at the Travelodge Banquet Room.

Pets of the week
Quinn and Chewie are awaiting adoption at the Gastineau Humane Society, 789-0260.

Vuille earns honors in aviation field
On March 22 in the Aurora Room at the Juneau Airport, one of the capital city's most experienced aviation professionals was presented the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.

My Turn: Preserve funds for independent living centers
Gov. Murkowski's proposed budget cuts target centers for independent living (CIL) around the state, now slated for $619,000 in cuts. CILs serve people with disabilities and empower these individuals to achieve job skills training, independence from restrictive institutions, as well as civil rights advocacy, peer support and recreation. This translates into giving people with disabilities equal opportunities in all facets of our society and work places.

Interchangeable parts
To opponents this season, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer players might seem like masters of disguise.

Juneau boys soccer drop first two games in Spokane
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team set up a lot of good offensive plays Wednesday and Thursday in the first two games of its trip to Spokane, Wash., but the Crimson Bears had trouble finishing those plays and wound up with a pair of shutout losses.

Three local teams finish first in soccer tourneys
JUNEAU - Juneau girls indoor soccer teams won two of the three divisions of last weekend's Whitehorse Exchange tourney in Juneau. In the U13 division, the Juneau A team claimed first place and Juneau B finished second. Juneau C placed third and Juneau D wound up fourth.

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

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

Juneau Tornadoes host youth wrestling meet
JUNEAU - Young wrestlers from across Southeast Alaska will be in Juneau on Saturday for an invitational tourney hosted by the Juneau Tornadoes wrestling club.

Crimson Bears open track season in Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team may be missing some of its star power from last year, but the Crimson Bears hope they can make up for the lost stars with big numbers as the 2003 season gets underway today and Saturday with the Sitka Invitational.

Coed Volleyball standings
The standings from the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's coed volleyball leagues through matches of April 7.

Hornets 100, Cavaliers 81
NEW ORLEANS - Jamal Mashburn scored 28 points as the Hornets defeated maintained their tenuous hold on the fifth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets needed the victory to stay ahead of the Boston Celtics, who won in Washington.

Gophers return to championship game
So much for the theory defending champion Minnesota was too young to make it back to the NCAA title game.

Southeast Showdown boxing on tap tonight
Juneau roughhouse boxing fans can look forward to one of the largest Southeast fight cards ever tonight for the season finale Southeast Showdown 2003 at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Governor feeling 'poorly,' sent to Anchorage hospital
Gov. Frank Murkowski was flown from Juneau to an Anchorage hospital for evaluation Wednesday night after suffering dehydration, his office said. Murkowski, 70, became dehydrated during a return flight from Fairbanks to Juneau on Tuesday, the fifth day of a speaking tour around the state, according to a press statement.

State sells bonds for school and transportation projects
The state has sold nearly $462 million in bonds to pay for school and university construction and maintenance, as well as highways, ports and harbors and other transportation projects across the state.

Troopers say two teens planted gun on Fairbanks student
A 17-year-old Fairbanks High School student accused of bringing a loaded gun to school has been cleared of charges after Alaska State Troopers determined the weapon was planted in his backpack.

Bill reduces state support for some treatment programs
The Senate passed legislation Thursday that would cut state support for drug and alcohol treatment.

Governor criticized for not allowing aerial wolf control
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Frank Murkowski's reluctance to authorize aerial wolf control near McGrath has left some people feeling betrayed. Last week, Murkowski said he would not allow state employees to shoot wolves from helicopters, instead leaving wolf control efforts to hunters and trappers on the ground around McGrath.

U.S. Senate OKs whaling captain tax deduction
Eskimo whaling captains could deduct hunting expenses from their income taxes under a charitable taxes bill passed by the U.S. Senate.

GOP turns back Dem's budget amendments
Majority Republicans in the House considering a fiscal 2004 spending plan turned back efforts to restore millions in education funding during budget debates on Wednesday. The House rejected a proposal by Rep. Eric Croft, an Anchorage Democrat, to use part of the state's $1.9 billion Constitutional Budget Reserve to provide more money for schools and the University of Alaska.

Gov. OK after heart surgery
Gov. Frank Murkowski underwent a procedure to open what doctors discovered was a nearly blocked heart artery, his cardiologist said Thursday.

Drop in oil prices widens state budget gap by millions
Gov. Frank Murkowski's target for reducing the state's fiscal gap won't hit the mark this year unless he finds another $67 million in cuts and new income, according to the state Department of Revenue.

Jury debates outcome of Anchorage murder trial
The question of whether Joshua Wade murdered Della Brown, then dumped her body in an Anchorage shed, is in the jury's hands after 10 weeks of testimony.

House GOP approves '04 budget, major cuts
House Republicans approved a $2.3 billion operating budget on Thursday over the objection of minority Democrats who say it shortchanges education and other essential programs.

Libertarians to hold convention in Juneau
Marijuana reform will be a major topic tackled at this year's Alaska Libertarian Party convention, being held Saturday in the Douglas Conference Room at the Prospector Hotel.

UA president warns budget cuts would injure university
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton warned of budget "carnage" if the state House spending plan makes it through the state Senate and is approved by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

A master's touch
Tlingit artist Nathan Jackson carves a 30-foot red cedar pole Monday in the Edwin C. DeWitt Carving Center in Saxman.

Proposed chem lab closure could hurt UAS recruitment
The governor's proposal to close the state chemistry lab in Juneau to save money could make it harder for the University of Alaska Southeast to recruit and keep faculty who conduct research, according to the school's Natural Sciences Department head. Gov. Frank Murkowski proposed the closure, which he said would save $334,000, in his budget plan early last month.

This Day in History
 

State Briefs
E-mail harassment bill passes Senate; City plans pocket park improvements; Glacier Bay vessel meetings set; Anchorage hospital gets SARS false alarm; Sex offender names returned to Web site; Fairbanks man convicted of sex abuse; Errant rocket recovered

Senate approves cuts to kid's health care program
The Senate approved legislation Thursday to save about $2.1 million next year by providing health care to fewer pregnant women and children.

House kills effort to save Alyeska
A move by Gov. Frank Murkowski to close the Juneau-based Alyeska Central School to save the state up to $1.2 million could be a done deal unless the Senate steps in with budget changes. An attempt by Juneau Democratic Rep. Beth Kerttula to restore funding for the state-run correspondence school failed on a 24-13 House floor vote Wednesday.

University fund-raiser Friday
The University of Alaska Southeast Alumni Association will host its annual banquet and auction Friday, April 11, in the Baranof Hotel's Treadwell Room.

'A Duality' Meditations on man & nature
If paintings could harmonize like musical tones, then "A Duality," a show by Alan Munro and Paul Disdier at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, would be an unexpected but balanced duet.

What's Happening
Arts and Entertainment Events in Juneau This Week.

Film class focuses on folk festival
A group of 15 University of Maine students made the long flight to Juneau with their movie cameras this week to film a documentary about the 29th Annual Alaska Folk Festival.

The Swamp
by Toe

Old-time with an edge
What happens when traditional folk music soaks up the energy and edginess of punk rock?

Dance workshops offered this weekend
Urban Shock, a dance company hired to work with the Juneau-Douglas High School Dance and Drill Team, will offer three days of contemporary dance classes at different skill levels.

Film festival a grab bag of Alaska political history
Alaska history: "Politics of the Past" includes footage of Frank Waskey, who was elected the first delegate elected to Congress from the territory of Alaska in 1906. Waskey was being interviewed by U.S. Sen. Ernest Gruening in the 1960s. courtesy of amipa

Dinner benefits Perseverance
The Spring Dinner 2003, a benefit for Perseverance Theatre, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Silverbow.

What an East Coast college didn't teach me
D o you know Claire Pratt Ferguson? Me neither, but she and I stood together on a balmy day in May of 2000, walked up on stage in the brick courtyard of an East Coast college and accepted our diplomas.

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