Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Phone company defends position against installing high-speed lines
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Communications Systems leaders last week responded to complaints about the company's refusal to install new copper phone lines in some neighborhoods throughout the state.

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Sudden Shutdown
Work is at a standstill for a handful of people at the Kuakan timber sale on Deer Island, 35 miles south of Wrangell.

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In the Tank

Sudden Shutdown
Work is at a standstill for a handful of people at the Kuakan timber sale on Deer Island, 35 miles south of Wrangell.

Business Profile

Business Profile

In the Tank

Phone company defends position against installing high-speed lines
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Communications Systems leaders last week responded to complaints about the company's refusal to install new copper phone lines in some neighborhoods throughout the state.

Students to perform musical legend
Auke Bay Elementary School fourth and fifth grade students will perform the legend, "How Night Came to Brazil," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Auke Bay gym. This musical play features Brazilian music and dance, brilliant soccer moves, mysterious magic and even an appearance by the famed "Great Sea Serpent" of Brazil.

Around Town

Pet of the week

Obituary

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Around Town

Neighborhood changes are opportunities
There's a home a few blocks from my own, where a very nice couple have spent their retirement years. It has been a wonderful home, right on the lake where they could watch the wonderful parade of seasonal waterfowl. They were blessed with the nearby presence of their children and grandchildren; in fact their family occupied the only house they could see.

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Weddings

'One nation under God'
Many of us remember starting each morning at school with the familiar Pledge of Allegiance. Few realize that it was June 1954 before Congress added the words "under God" to the pledge.

Around Town

The Juneau Public Health Fair is coming
On April 27 and 28, the Juneau Public Health Fair will take place once again at Centennial Hall. The Health Fair goal is to help communities and businesses provide both comprehensive free and low-cost health screenings.

'One nation under God'
Many of us remember starting each morning at school with the familiar Pledge of Allegiance. Few realize that it was June 1954 before Congress added the words "under God" to the pledge.

Neighborhood changes are opportunities
There's a home a few blocks from my own, where a very nice couple have spent their retirement years. It has been a wonderful home, right on the lake where they could watch the wonderful parade of seasonal waterfowl. They were blessed with the nearby presence of their children and grandchildren; in fact their family occupied the only house they could see.

The Juneau Public Health Fair is coming
On April 27 and 28, the Juneau Public Health Fair will take place once again at Centennial Hall. The Health Fair goal is to help communities and businesses provide both comprehensive free and low-cost health screenings.

Students to perform musical legend
Auke Bay Elementary School fourth and fifth grade students will perform the legend, "How Night Came to Brazil," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Auke Bay gym. This musical play features Brazilian music and dance, brilliant soccer moves, mysterious magic and even an appearance by the famed "Great Sea Serpent" of Brazil.

Obituaries

Obituaries

Thanks

Pet of the week

Obituary

Thanks

Weddings

Around Town

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

White House counters reports that Bush is backing off ANWR
WASHINGTON - Contrary to recent reports, President Bush still plans to ask lawmakers to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, his spokesman said Monday.

Private talks continue on cruise ship pollution
Negotiations on possible cruise ship legislation have entered an intense phase behind closed doors.

Thieves drain checking account after stealing woman's ATM card
Juneau resident Marilyn Estenson has not had a good week.

Empire, KTOO win journalism awards
Juneau Empire articles were chosen as the top investigative, education and arts reports of the year 2000 in the annual Alaska Press Club news media competition.

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Committee passes exit exam bill
The House Finance Committee on Tuesday restored language to a high school exit exam bill to allow special needs kids who fail the test more options to get a diploma.

Private talks continue on cruise ship pollution
Negotiations on possible cruise ship legislation have entered an intense phase behind closed doors.

Plan for one-time parking fee open for public comments
The Juneau Planning Commission made progress with a fee in lieu of parking proposal at a work session Tuesday, but decided a draft residential parking zone ordinance needs more work.

FBI searches for robber
Officers are looking for the suspect in a bank robbery at Alaska Pacific Bank's downtown Juneau branch Tuesday. No one was hurt in the lunchtime incident.

Senate OKs pay raise to village officers
A bill to increase village public safety officers' pay and benefits - as well as their duties - has been approved by the state Senate.

Accused rapist faces more charges
Additional charges have been filed against the man accused of raping and brutally beating a woman while holding her prisoner overnight on the weekend of April 14-15.

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

SE district may spur lawsuit
The City of Cordova will put up a fight if the Alaska Redistricting Board approves a plan to incorporate the town into a Southeast House district.

Bear market bites into permafund
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Permanent Fund appears headed for an earnings loss for the first time since its managers were allowed to invest in the stock market in 1983.

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Accused rapist faces more charges
Additional charges have been filed against the man accused of raping and brutally beating a woman while holding her prisoner overnight on the weekend of April 14-15.

Empire, KTOO win journalism awards
Juneau Empire articles were chosen as the top investigative, education and arts reports of the year 2000 in the annual Alaska Press Club news media competition.

Measure extends time limit on rape charges
A bill that would remove the statute of limitations on rape passed the House on Monday.

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Legislature 2001: Caucus split on permafund
When presented Monday with their first opportunity this year to put in place one piece of a long-range fiscal plan for the state, members of the new Fiscal Policy Caucus went separate ways.

Bear market bites into permafund
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Permanent Fund appears headed for an earnings loss for the first time since its managers were allowed to invest in the stock market in 1983.

FBI searches for robber
Officers are looking for the suspect in a bank robbery at Alaska Pacific Bank's downtown Juneau branch Tuesday. No one was hurt in the lunchtime incident.

Police identify woman's body found in channel
Through the use of fingerprint records, Juneau Police were able to identify the body found early Sunday floating between dock pilings and the rocky beach below Marine Park.

Police identify woman's body found in channel
Through the use of fingerprint records, Juneau Police were able to identify the body found early Sunday floating between dock pilings and the rocky beach below Marine Park.

SAFE center aims to curb impacts on child victims
Being hauled all over town and grilled by strangers can be a grueling experience for a child crime victim, adding to his or her trauma.

Senate OKs pay raise to village officers
A bill to increase village public safety officers' pay and benefits - as well as their duties - has been approved by the state Senate.

Measure extends time limit on rape charges
A bill that would remove the statute of limitations on rape passed the House on Monday.

SE district may spur lawsuit
The City of Cordova will put up a fight if the Alaska Redistricting Board approves a plan to incorporate the town into a Southeast House district.

Legislature 2001: Caucus split on permafund
When presented Monday with their first opportunity this year to put in place one piece of a long-range fiscal plan for the state, members of the new Fiscal Policy Caucus went separate ways.

Feds order Ketchikan fish processor to stop spewing scum into narrows
KETCHIKAN - Alaska General Seafoods has been ordered by a federal agency to stop fouling Ketchikan waters.

Feds order Ketchikan fish processor to stop spewing scum into narrows
KETCHIKAN - Alaska General Seafoods has been ordered by a federal agency to stop fouling Ketchikan waters.

Plan for one-time parking fee open for public comments
The Juneau Planning Commission made progress with a fee in lieu of parking proposal at a work session Tuesday, but decided a draft residential parking zone ordinance needs more work.

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

Committee passes exit exam bill
The House Finance Committee on Tuesday restored language to a high school exit exam bill to allow special needs kids who fail the test more options to get a diploma.

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

Thieves drain checking account after stealing woman's ATM card
Juneau resident Marilyn Estenson has not had a good week.

SAFE center aims to curb impacts on child victims
Being hauled all over town and grilled by strangers can be a grueling experience for a child crime victim, adding to his or her trauma.

White House counters reports that Bush is backing off ANWR
WASHINGTON - Contrary to recent reports, President Bush still plans to ask lawmakers to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, his spokesman said Monday.

Look past the headline for logging story
"Logging halted on the Tongass" was the front-page headline on April 5 above the fold, so you could read it walking by a newsstand or through the glass in the vending machine. It was a good headline, the type that grabs your attention, but it didn't accurately tell the story.

Investment mistake
We read in the Empire that our fearless leaders have rushed down to California and invested $2 million of our money in an electric company last November. There are some facts we should look at and some questions need to be asked.

Smoke scourge
Chris Morrow had an excellent My Turn in Sunday's Empire regarding the need for all Juneau to get involved in the CBJ Area Wide Transportation Plan

I want the NOAA facility in my backyard
I sincerely want the NOAA facility at Lena Point. I appreciate the contributions of the City and Borough, NOAA and the hard work of the Assembly and city staff toward traffic mitigation on the Lena Loop road. Collectively, $2.7 million in addition to the cost to construct the facility has been earmarked to help mitigate the neighborhood traffic concerns.

Running a fool's errand in Latin America
The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's Chicago Tribune: The events surrounding the tragic downing of a missionary plane over Peru last week were under review Monday by U.S. and Peruvian authorities involved in the incident. But one overwhelming picture is already clear.

Three reasons for making a change
Each day, the parental and business community of Juneau place their trust in Juneau's teaching professionals to provide their children an education second to none. Each day we head off to work confident our children are learning the skills needed to become productive citizens upon graduation from high school. And each year many of Juneau's teachers, including myself, are seeking employment elsewhere.

Collateral damage
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Efforts to combat international narcotics trafficking have taken many lives, none more innocent than those of American missionary Veronica Bowers and her infant daughter, Charity.

Extreme politicians
In response to Kathy Dye's article regarding Sen. Stevens' speech to the Alaska Legislature (Empire, April 12), I might or might not fit the senator's definition of "extreme environmentalist" but I think it is clear that extreme countermeasures would not be necessary, were it not for the extreme politicians...

Collateral damage
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Efforts to combat international narcotics trafficking have taken many lives, none more innocent than those of American missionary Veronica Bowers and her infant daughter, Charity.

When one of our mistakes gores your ox
On a recent Sunday, an article atop the front page of the Empire contained an error in the first sentence. Had the error involved spelling, grammar or punctuation, I would not be writing about it here. The error was one of fact. As I said, it appeared in the first - and therefore most important - sentence of the story most prominently displayed in our most widely circulated edition.

When one of our mistakes gores your ox
On a recent Sunday, an article atop the front page of the Empire contained an error in the first sentence. Had the error involved spelling, grammar or punctuation, I would not be writing about it here. The error was one of fact. As I said, it appeared in the first - and therefore most important - sentence of the story most prominently displayed in our most widely circulated edition.

Running a fool's errand in Latin America
The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's Chicago Tribune: The events surrounding the tragic downing of a missionary plane over Peru last week were under review Monday by U.S. and Peruvian authorities involved in the incident. But one overwhelming picture is already clear.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. Only comments accompanied by a name will be published. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Investment mistake
We read in the Empire that our fearless leaders have rushed down to California and invested $2 million of our money in an electric company last November. There are some facts we should look at and some questions need to be asked.

Accountability: It's not just for schools
Accountability is a very important concept in a democratic society. Perhaps the best bottom line definitions are "to be responsible" and "to be answerable."

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 appears when justified by the number of calls received. Only comments accompanied by a name will be published. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

I want the NOAA facility in my backyard
I sincerely want the NOAA facility at Lena Point. I appreciate the contributions of the City and Borough, NOAA and the hard work of the Assembly and city staff toward traffic mitigation on the Lena Loop road. Collectively, $2.7 million in addition to the cost to construct the facility has been earmarked to help mitigate the neighborhood traffic concerns.

Involvement required
Chris Morrow had an excellent My Turn in Sunday's Empire regarding the need for all Juneau to get involved in the CBJ Area Wide Transportation Plan

Three reasons for making a change
Each day, the parental and business community of Juneau place their trust in Juneau's teaching professionals to provide their children an education second to none. Each day we head off to work confident our children are learning the skills needed to become productive citizens upon graduation from high school. And each year many of Juneau's teachers, including myself, are seeking employment elsewhere.

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.

Extreme politicians
In response to Kathy Dye's article regarding Sen. Stevens' speech to the Alaska Legislature (Empire, April 12), I might or might not fit the senator's definition of "extreme environmentalist" but I think it is clear that extreme countermeasures would not be necessary, were it not for the extreme politicians...

Smoke scourge
Chris Morrow had an excellent My Turn in Sunday's Empire regarding the need for all Juneau to get involved in the CBJ Area Wide Transportation Plan

Accountability: It's not just for schools
Accountability is a very important concept in a democratic society. Perhaps the best bottom line definitions are "to be responsible" and "to be answerable."

Look past the headline for logging story
"Logging halted on the Tongass" was the front-page headline on April 5 above the fold, so you could read it walking by a newsstand or through the glass in the vending machine. It was a good headline, the type that grabs your attention, but it didn't accurately tell the story.

Involvement required
Chris Morrow had an excellent My Turn in Sunday's Empire regarding the need for all Juneau to get involved in the CBJ Area Wide Transportation Plan

Young Robin Hoods prepare for nationals
Carl Lundqust sat in the bleachers of the Floyd Dryden Middle School gym with some other young archers Saturday afternoon, talking about the importance of tight shot groupings. Suddenly Lundquist hopped out of the bleachers, figuring he needed an example to prove his point.

Young Robin Hoods prepare for nationals
Carl Lundqust sat in the bleachers of the Floyd Dryden Middle School gym with some other young archers Saturday afternoon, talking about the importance of tight shot groupings. Suddenly Lundquist hopped out of the bleachers, figuring he needed an example to prove his point.

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