Friday, April 13, 2001

Moments of silence are part of the music
When I lived in Texas one of the most pleasant and life-changing experiences was singing in civic choruses and church choirs.

JDHS wins academic honors at state meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School team won the all-state academic trophy, with a 3.59 cumulative grade point average, at the state high school debate, drama and forensics championships in Anchorage on Wednesday.

World War II in Juneau remembered
Juneau-Douglas City Museum curator Mary Pat Wyatt, above, is shown receiving original 1942 Juneau U.S. Army signs from historian and retired lieutenant colonel Jim Ruotsala in February. Army Garrison Juneau better known then as 'DuckCreek' had

Moments of silence are part of the music
When I lived in Texas one of the most pleasant and life-changing experiences was singing in civic choruses and church choirs.

JDHS wins academic honors at state meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School team won the all-state academic trophy, with a 3.59 cumulative grade point average, at the state high school debate, drama and forensics championships in Anchorage on Wednesday.

Weddings
Rue, Grimm to marry April 14

Weddings
Rue, Grimm to marry April 14

World War II in Juneau remembered
Juneau-Douglas City Museum curator Mary Pat Wyatt, above, is shown receiving original 1942 Juneau U.S. Army signs from historian and retired lieutenant colonel Jim Ruotsala in February. Army Garrison Juneau better known then as 'DuckCreek' had

Weekend Best Bets
An incredible assortment of music and entertainment is in store in the next week. The 27th Alaska Folk Festival kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday for a week of concerts and three nights of dancing. More than 150 groups will perform. A complete schedule will appear in the Sunday Juneau Empire.

Weekend Best Bets
An incredible assortment of music and entertainment is in store in the next week. The 27th Alaska Folk Festival kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday for a week of concerts and three nights of dancing. More than 150 groups will perform. A complete schedule will appear in the Sunday Juneau Empire.

Dance team clinic for kids
Kids from kindergarten through high school who have a hankering to dance ought to think about joining up with the Juneau-Douglas Dance Team this Saturday for the annual Kids Clinic.

Dance team clinic for kids
Kids from kindergarten through high school who have a hankering to dance ought to think about joining up with the Juneau-Douglas Dance Team this Saturday for the annual Kids Clinic.

Entertainment Calendar
Movies

Entertainmant Briefs
The Anchorage Festival of Music is offering a performance and scholarship opportunity for an Alaskan musician pursuing a degree in music performance.

Adding depth to Old-Time
The members of "Tom, Brad, & Alice" might live on opposite coasts, but it hasn't hindered their ability to share the traditions of old-time music at festivals, camps and conventions throughout the country.

Entertainment Calendar
Movies

Entertainmant Briefs
The Anchorage Festival of Music is offering a performance and scholarship opportunity for an Alaskan musician pursuing a degree in music performance.

From first-timers to professionals
About 150 acts are slated to take the stage for one of Juneau's favorite rites of spring, the Alaska Folk Festival, starting next week.

From first-timers to professionals
About 150 acts are slated to take the stage for one of Juneau's favorite rites of spring, the Alaska Folk Festival, starting next week.

Adding depth to Old-Time
The members of "Tom, Brad, & Alice" might live on opposite coasts, but it hasn't hindered their ability to share the traditions of old-time music at festivals, camps and conventions throughout the country.

Five Iron Frenzy: Punk rock with God and a horn section
David Johnson's rock 'n' roll dream comes true this weekend. Johnson, 19, is producing two concerts featuring contemporary rock bands. Slick Shoes from Southern California and Five Iron Frenzy from Denver will play Friday and Saturday nights in Centennial Hall.

Five Iron Frenzy: Punk rock with God and a horn section
David Johnson's rock 'n' roll dream comes true this weekend. Johnson, 19, is producing two concerts featuring contemporary rock bands. Slick Shoes from Southern California and Five Iron Frenzy from Denver will play Friday and Saturday nights in Centennial Hall.

Clogging while he calls
As this year's guest caller at the Alaska Folk Festival, Woody Lane brings a background in percussive dance to the floor. For people uninitiated to the fun of folk dance, neither experience nor a partner is necessary. The music is live and the caller tells people where to go.

Clogging while he calls
As this year's guest caller at the Alaska Folk Festival, Woody Lane brings a background in percussive dance to the floor. For people uninitiated to the fun of folk dance, neither experience nor a partner is necessary. The music is live and the caller tells people where to go.

Juneau geography whiz wins 3rd place at state
Sixth-grader Ben Grammel of Juneau placed third in the Alaska Geographic Bee.

Correction

Stevens derides 'environmentalist divide'
If U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has his way, his 80th birthday will herald another chapter in his 33-year career in the nation's capital. Alaska's senior senator said Wednesday he will seek another six-year term in 2002, adding he's never felt better in his life.

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

Charges change in church standoff case
James Onstott, accused in a six-plus hour standoff at a local church last Sunday evening, faces lesser charges than originally filed against him.

Dentist uses tools of trade in egg artistry
Charlie Detjen decorates eggs with surgical precision.

Chosen: Design for new school
Local officials have decided on a conceptual design for the planned high school at Dimond Park. But they won't put more money into refining the design until the Legislature guarantees some state construction money.

State back to square one with bids for fast ferry
Alaska officials will not negotiate with a Washington state shipyard on its proposal to build a fast ferry.

Costs crimp gifted testing
The Juneau School District cannot afford an assessment system that identifies a greater variety of gifted students, including more Natives, administrators say.

FYI
Births, Marriage Licenses, Business Licenses, and Courts

Judge lifts limit on campaign contributions
Alaska's $5,000 limit on contributions to a political party violates rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge has ruled.

Juneau geography whiz wins 3rd place at state
Sixth-grader Ben Grammel of Juneau placed third in the Alaska Geographic Bee.

FYI
Births, Marriage Licenses, Business Licenses, and Courts

Judge ponders logging motion
A federal judge has agreed to consider the Alaska Forest Association's request to intervene in a case that has stopped all logging in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest.

Judge ponders logging motion
A federal judge has agreed to consider the Alaska Forest Association's request to intervene in a case that has stopped all logging in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest.

Around Town
Saturday, April 14

Agreement gives tribes more clout
Delegates from about one-quarter of Alaska's 229 federally recognized tribes signed an agreement Wednesday formalizing relations between state government and tribal leaders.

News Briefs
Senate debates who picks whom, Racism resolution vote changes

Senate alters resolution against racist attacks
After a tense, angry debate Wednesday, the Senate voted 16-2 in favor of a narrowed version of a House resolution condemning recent paintball attacks on Alaska Natives in Anchorage.

Senate alters resolution against racist attacks
After a tense, angry debate Wednesday, the Senate voted 16-2 in favor of a narrowed version of a House resolution condemning recent paintball attacks on Alaska Natives in Anchorage.

Eaglecrest winds up season in the red, but with a carnival
As a city investment, Juneau's Eaglecrest Ski Area reflected the downturn of the Nasdaq stock index in its 2000-01 season.

Eaglecrest winds up season in the red, but with a carnival
As a city investment, Juneau's Eaglecrest Ski Area reflected the downturn of the Nasdaq stock index in its 2000-01 season.

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

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

Calif. power woes hit Juneau
The city is keeping an eye on its $2 million investment in troubled Pacific Gas & Electric Co., staff members said Wednesday.

Calif. power woes hit Juneau
The city is keeping an eye on its $2 million investment in troubled Pacific Gas & Electric Co., staff members said Wednesday.

Around Town

News Briefs
Another head tax vote fails, Injured skier's condition improves, Junk cars still can find a home and Study highlights pollution at tank farm

Stevens derides 'environmentalist divide'
If U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has his way, his 80th birthday will herald another chapter in his 33-year career in the nation's capital. Alaska's senior senator said Wednesday he will seek another six-year term in 2002, adding he's never felt better in his life.

Agreement gives tribes more clout
Delegates from about one-quarter of Alaska's 229 federally recognized tribes signed an agreement Wednesday formalizing relations between state government and tribal leaders.

Costs crimp gifted testing
The Juneau School District cannot afford an assessment system that identifies a greater variety of gifted students, including more Natives, administrators say.

Around Town
Saturday, April 14

Correction

Charges change in church standoff case
James Onstott, accused in a six-plus hour standoff at a local church last Sunday evening, faces lesser charges than originally filed against him.

Judge lifts limit on campaign contributions
Alaska's $5,000 limit on contributions to a political party violates rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge has ruled.

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

Around Town

Dentist uses tools of trade in egg artistry
Charlie Detjen decorates eggs with surgical precision.

State back to square one with bids for fast ferry
Alaska officials will not negotiate with a Washington state shipyard on its proposal to build a fast ferry.

Chosen: Design for new school
Local officials have decided on a conceptual design for the planned high school at Dimond Park. But they won't put more money into refining the design until the Legislature guarantees some state construction money.

News Briefs
Senate debates who picks whom, Racism resolution vote changes

News Briefs
Another head tax vote fails, Injured skier's condition improves, Junk cars still can find a home and Study highlights pollution at tank farm

My Turn: McVeigh a product of the U.S. government
In his Thinking Out Loud column on April 1 ("McVeigh heard the words but never got the message"), Steve Reed expresses the "hidden hope" he had harbored after the Oklahoma City bombing that "[Timothy] McVeigh would express regret about the children, some conscience-revealing version of: 'I did what I had to do but I'm really sorry about the kids.'"

Letter: Disaster averted
We wish to express our gratitude to a number of noteworthy people who helped with the recent situation at a local church that could have been disastrous.

Letter: Where to turn?
I have been a Juneau resident since 1988 and am a former SEARHC employee. Like others in our community, I am saddened to hear about SEARHC's decision to eliminate its social work department.

Letter: Disaster averted
We wish to express our gratitude to a number of noteworthy people who helped with the recent situation at a local church that could have been disastrous.

The sun also sets on Seattle
We may never know why Boeing is moving its marquee out of Seattle. Corporations are run by humans, and the vanities of humans are hard to discern behind bland rationalizations in press releases. Perhaps CEO Phil Condit simply got fed up with being overshadowed by the ever-grinning Bill Gates.

My Turn: Feeling like a soldier left behind on the battlefield
With the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, the new for-profit corporate world came into conflict with the cultural protocols and ways of the Alaska Native people causing them to live in two worlds.

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 where 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

Military aid to Taiwan: Round 2 with China
The return to American soil of the 24-member crew of the Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane may have eased tensions between the United States and China, but new confrontations loom. Next week will see the start of bilateral talks on such prickly issues as return of the badly damaged plane and the U.S. determination to continue flights off China's coast.

Letter: Simple traffic solution
The traffic situation on the Douglas side of the bridge is simply and economically solved by doing one simple thing. Install a delayed traffic light similar to those used for merging onto highways found in the lower 48.

Letter: Keep senior exemption
Some government programs - good programs - are age-specific. Examples are: schools, WIC, Head Start and CBJ's senior sales tax exemption.

Letter: A bad example
Help me understand: In Monday's paper you report that a man fired a gun inside a church, threatening for six hours to kill himself, and that the 12 police officers on the scene were concerned enough for his wife's safety that they cut a hole in the church wall from which to extricate her.

Letter: Help for youth
In response to the homeless teen article (Empire, April 9), I would like to remind the community of the options available to homeless teens through Juneau Youth Services.

My Turn: Immunization week offers opportunity
Childhood immunization rates in Alaska and the United States continue to be too low, that is, below the goal of 90 percent of children fully immunized by age 2. A 1996 survey revealed that only 66 percent of children in Alaska were fully immunized by age 2. We ranked 48th out of the 50 states in immunization rates.

Letter: A bad example
Help me understand: In Monday's paper you report that a man fired a gun inside a church, threatening for six hours to kill himself, and that the 12 police officers on the scene were concerned enough for his wife's safety that they cut a hole in the church wall from which to extricate her.

Letter: Simple traffic solution
The traffic situation on the Douglas side of the bridge is simply and economically solved by doing one simple thing. Install a delayed traffic light similar to those used for merging onto highways found in the lower 48.

My Turn: McVeigh a product of the U.S. government
In his Thinking Out Loud column on April 1 ("McVeigh heard the words but never got the message"), Steve Reed expresses the "hidden hope" he had harbored after the Oklahoma City bombing that "[Timothy] McVeigh would express regret about the children, some conscience-revealing version of: 'I did what I had to do but I'm really sorry about the kids.'"

Letter: More harm than good
I am opposed to aborti

My Turn: Immunization week offers opportunity
Childhood immunization rates in Alaska and the United States continue to be too low, that is, below the goal of 90 percent of children fully immunized by age 2. A 1996 survey revealed that only 66 percent of children in Alaska were fully immunized by age 2. We ranked 48th out of the 50 states in immunization rates.

My Turn: Feeling like a soldier left behind on the battlefield
With the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, the new for-profit corporate world came into conflict with the cultural protocols and ways of the Alaska Native people causing them to live in two worlds.

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 where 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.

Letter: More harm than good
I am opposed to aborti

Military aid to Taiwan: Round 2 with China
The return to American soil of the 24-member crew of the Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane may have eased tensions between the United States and China, but new confrontations loom. Next week will see the start of bilateral talks on such prickly issues as return of the badly damaged plane and the U.S. determination to continue flights off China's coast.

Letter: Where to turn?
I have been a Juneau resident since 1988 and am a former SEARHC employee. Like others in our community, I am saddened to hear about SEARHC's decision to eliminate its social work department.

Letter: Keep senior exemption
Some government programs - good programs - are age-specific. Examples are: schools, WIC, Head Start and CBJ's senior sales tax exemption.

Letter: Help for youth
In response to the homeless teen article (Empire, April 9), I would like to remind the community of the options available to homeless teens through Juneau Youth Services.

The sun also sets on Seattle
We may never know why Boeing is moving its marquee out of Seattle. Corporations are run by humans, and the vanities of humans are hard to discern behind bland rationalizations in press releases. Perhaps CEO Phil Condit simply got fed up with being overshadowed by the ever-grinning Bill Gates.

Sports In Juneau

Juneau girls soccer team hosts Wasilla and Colony
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team doesn't get many chances to host visiting teams, so this weekend the Crimson Bears will get an overdose of home games as they host two teams for five games total.

Boxers ready for Southeast Showdown
Twenty-four of the toughest roughhouse boxers from across the Southeast Alaska will begin a quest tonight in hopes of being crowned champion in the Second Annual Southeast Showdown.

Bear softball team opens season
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls softball team will be looking for a return to glory this year as the Crimson Bears try to reclaim the state championship it won two seasons ago.

Sports In Juneau
Today, April 13

Ketchikan, Sitka boxers dominate
Ketchikan and Sitka couldn't lose and neither could the defending champions in the first day of the Second Annual Southeast Showdown Thursday night at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Juneau girls soccer team hosts Wasilla and Colony
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team doesn't get many chances to host visiting teams, so this weekend the Crimson Bears will get an overdose of home games as they host two teams for five games total.

Sports In Juneau
Today, April 13

Sports In Juneau

Bear softball team opens season
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls softball team will be looking for a return to glory this year as the Crimson Bears try to reclaim the state championship it won two seasons ago.

Boxers ready for Southeast Showdown
Twenty-four of the toughest roughhouse boxers from across the Southeast Alaska will begin a quest tonight in hopes of being crowned champion in the Second Annual Southeast Showdown.

Juneau girls blank Wasilla
Other than the four shots that found goalposts instead of net, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer played nearly a perfect game in beating the Wasilla Warriors 5-0 Thursday night at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football field.

Ketchikan, Sitka boxers dominate
Ketchikan and Sitka couldn't lose and neither could the defending champions in the first day of the Second Annual Southeast Showdown Thursday night at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Juneau girls blank Wasilla
Other than the four shots that found goalposts instead of net, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer played nearly a perfect game in beating the Wasilla Warriors 5-0 Thursday night at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football field.

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