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Saturday, April 20, 2002

Movie mix-up
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council would like to apologize for an error in advertising. JAHC had originally scheduled its monthly film showing for Wednesday, April 17, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. However, due to the fact that this month's film, "The Man Who Wasn't There," was nominated for an Academy Award in cinematography, JAHC opted to switch formats from the originally scheduled 16 mm to a better-quality 35 mm format.

Penalizing the poor
Just plain mean. That describes the bill introduced by Alaska Sen. Randy Phillips and passed by the Senate majority. It deprives Alaska's poorest citizens of Permanent Fund Dividends . There is not other way to describe it. It's jut plain mean.

Risks of humor
This is in response to a letter by Jos Govaaro of Ketchikan that appeared in the Juneau Empire on March 29. Govaaro took exception to a letter written by Steve Smellzer to the Empire. I missed Smellzer's letter that presumably objected to the proposed bridge from Ketchikan to its airport.

Giving conservatism an 'ultra' bad name
Reading Vic Kohring's nonsensical claptrap on Tuesday at least gave me an answer to the problem Bill McAllister brought up a couple Sundays ago.

No excuse for Sen. Donley's behavior
I have observed the Alaska Legislature in action for more than 35 years, and I thought that I had seen and heard just about everything with regard to bad behavior on the part of our elected officials.

Vessel workshop next week
JUNEAU - The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard are sponsoring a workshop about a program that will track some federally-permitted fishing boats in Alaska this summer.

Panel denies some social service grants
Twelve Juneau social service programs could lose out on city funding because they filed grant applications late or incorrectly, based on a recommendation from a city advisory panel.The Juneau Social Services Advisory Board reviewed 26 applications from local nonprofit and social services groups earlier this month to determine how to allocate $472,500 in block grants during the upcoming city budget cycle.

FYI
Births

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

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

Cummins: hub in university wheel
Room 103 of the Novatney building at University of Alaska Southeast is nicknamed "the dungeon" because it doesn't have windows. But the mood is far from dark as laughter erupts from behind a partition in the corner, where Administrative Assistant Karen Cummins sits.

Quilting clases with Bob Coon
Bob Coon, a well-known quilting teacher from Washington state, will be teaching classes April 19 to 21 in Juneau.

Thank You
... for the support; ... for the donation; ... for all the help; ... for the donations;

Guertin, Bills to marry
Noah Guertin and Jennifer Bills will be married April 30, 2002, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Program promotes dleen kwat sh.iltin
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has taken the tradition of the Native healer and given it a new twist.The program is called Yaa kudzigeiyi Shaawat, or WISEWOMAN, and it promotes dleen kwat sh.iltin, or healthy hearts and healthy traditions.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Parsons and Snapp to be wed
Sitka residents Margaret Ann Parsons and Stephen Farrington Snapp will be wed at 10:30 a.m., April 21, 2002, at St. Peters-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Sitka.

Juneau native wins award at model U.N. conference
Juneau native Jack Gray, a sophomore political science major at Cedarville University in Ohio, recently earned honorable mention at the collegiate Dayton Model United Nations Conference (DAYMUNC).Gray and junior Colby Mathews teamed up to represent the Philippines, while team members Kimberly Edlund and Timothy Sparks were assigned Ireland.

Miller and Lowden wed
Juneau residents Jovon Miller and Matthew Lowden were married in a ceremony March 27, 2002, at the Mendenhall Glacier. A reception followed at Canton House.

Celia Soriano Leonidas
Juneau resident Celia Soriano Leonidas, 63, died April 17, 2002, in Juneau from dermatomyositis.

My Turn: Human emotions are universal
This Saturday is 4/20. It is significant for several reasons. One, it happens to be the birthday of one of history's cruelest haters: Hitler. Coincidentally or intentionally, it is also the anniversary of the Columbine shootings. It is also the day of a nationwide vigil for peace. Washington, D.C. will see thousands of visitors this Saturday, bringing an intention for peace and the end of suffering to others.

My Turn: A champion of human dignity and rights
During my childhood grade school days, our teacher would put salt in our mouths for speaking our own Tlingit language in school. I didn't mind the small jail, we could sleep another half-hour, but not the salt instead of studying or listening to our teacher. Anyway, the English language wasn't that easy to digest or even learn away from home, where we spoke Tlingit always.

My Turn: Why celebrate Earth Day?
Human awareness that we share space with all species is expanding. What we do to planet Earth we do to ourselves - literally. We share the same sun, air, water and earth with all life, continually transforming each other's energy into life support.

My Turn: Recalling Oklahoma City and April 1995
At 9:02 a.m. on 19 April 1995, I was working in Oklahoma City and was on the telephone with our company's insurance agent. As we were talking, there was an explosion - our building rocked and the agent said he had almost fallen out of his chair. We continued talking, speculating what the explosion could have been.

Bears win twice
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls softball team opened its season on a winning note by claiming a pair of victories Thursday night at Ketchikan High School.

Minnesota-Crookston bags third Crimson Bear this year
Juneau-Douglas High School winter graduate Bret Russell has decided to join the growing number of Alaska football players headed to NCAA Division II University of Minnesota-Crookston this fall.

Wagner to lead Region V Board
Juneau-Douglas High School activities director Sandi Wagner became the first female to be elected president of the Region V Activities Board at the Region V spring meeting held April 13 in Ketchikan.

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

Juneau girls kick Wasilla
So far in this young soccer season, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls have shown they can hurt their opponents with a variety of scorers.The Crimson Bears got goals from five different players as they beat the Wasilla Warriors 5-1 Thursday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Juneau has now had eight different players score goals as the undefeated Crimson Bears won their fifth straight game

Cannery worker housing deductions OK'd
The state House narrowly approved a bill Thursday that would let remote seafood plants deduct room and board from workers' pay - even if that means the pay falls below the minimum wage. The House voted 21-13 for the bill after a debate in which supporters argued that the struggling seafood industry needs help. Opponents said that help should not come at the expense of low-wage workers.

Groups sue to stop army from firing on Eagle R. flats
ANCHORAGE - Three environmental groups and the Chickaloon tribe have filed a lawsuit to stop the Army from using the Eagle River Flats firing range and to clean up the unexploded munitions.

Citizens pan cuts to programs
Alaska, which might have the worst problem with alcoholism in the nation, shouldn't cut state funds for treatment programs, Juneau residents told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.The committee completed more than 10 hours of public testimony on the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Measure plugs loophole in big game hunting law
FAIRBANKS - A bill that seeks to stop nonresidents from hunting big game in Alaska without a guide is headed to the governor's desk. The bill, unanimously passed by the Senate and House, would remove a loophole in existing law that allows nonresidents who become certified as assistant guides to avoid hiring a guide.

State Briefs
Troopers find meth lab evidence; Troopers look into Palmer shooting; Fairbanks voters to consider fuel tax; Watchdog for elderly hired;

Stevens: Let Natives drill
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Ted Stevens says he will introduce an amendment to allow the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. to drill for oil on its 92,000 acres of land within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. His proposal follows Senate Republicans' inability Thursday to break a Democratic filibuster against opening the wildlife refuge to oil drilling.

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