Saturday, April 12, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

This Day in History
 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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