Thursday, April 26, 2001

Around Town

'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.

Obituaries

Around Town

'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.

Obituary

Thanks

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.

Obituary

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

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Weddings

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Thanks

Pet of the week

Pet of the week

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

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.

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.

Weddings

Reinhard: Finding the music in language
Poet John Reinhard writes for farmers and scholars. He strives for plainspoken language as well as lyrical eloquence, and his award-winning poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

Briefly

Worn and hung
A wondermonger and a magical realist are sharing a gallery this weekend for a show of new artwork.

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Calendar

Reinhard: Finding the music in language
Poet John Reinhard writes for farmers and scholars. He strives for plainspoken language as well as lyrical eloquence, and his award-winning poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

Marimbist to share his art
Marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura was described by a music critic in Hong Kong as superhuman.

Calendar

Worn and hung
A wondermonger and a magical realist are sharing a gallery this weekend for a show of new artwork.

Marimbist to share his art
Marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura was described by a music critic in Hong Kong as superhuman.

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.

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.

Assembly OKs plan to curb tour impacts
The Juneau Assembly unanimously accepted most of an agreement with tourism operators Wednesday, postponing work on flightseeing issues until Monday.

Woman burned in trailer fire
A fire Wednesday afternoon in a trailer on Stephen Richards Memorial Drive totaled the residence of a senior couple, and the woman may require skin grafts to her left hand after suffering second- and third-degree burns.

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.

FBI awaiting leads on bank robbery
Tuesday's lunch-hour robbery of the downtown branch of Alaska Pacific Bank has not been solved.

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.

Flying as high as his dreams
Retired Air Force pilot and Vietnam veteran Richard "Dick" Rutan once flew almost 25,000 miles without bathing, and sleeping only one or two out of every 24 hours.

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.

Legislature 2001: Local gas plan gets a boost
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority could sell $76 million in bonds to finance a natural gas project for Southeast under a bill passed by the House on Wednesday.

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.

Mulder bill bypasses ship talks
The cruise ship debate flared on the House floor this morning, as minority Democrats strenuously protested a fast track for a new bill by the chamber's Finance Committee.

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

Juneau's senior sales tax break survives - for now
The Juneau Assembly's Finance Committee won't be discussing changes to the city's senior sales tax exemption this budget cycle.

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

Magistrate holds twins for trial
ANCHORAGE - Identical twin sisters charged with interfering with a flight crew for allegedly punching several flight attendants and putting one in a choke hold were held Wednesday for trial.

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Additional city funding may preserve classroom sizes
A boost of extra funds from the city would allow Juneau's public schools to preserve the current student-teacher ratio in a time of tight budgets, school officials say.

Flying as high as his dreams
Retired Air Force pilot and Vietnam veteran Richard "Dick" Rutan once flew almost 25,000 miles without bathing, and sleeping only one or two out of every 24 hours.

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

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.

Magistrate holds twins for trial
ANCHORAGE - Identical twin sisters charged with interfering with a flight crew for allegedly punching several flight attendants and putting one in a choke hold were held Wednesday for trial.

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.

Juneau's senior sales tax break survives - for now
The Juneau Assembly's Finance Committee won't be discussing changes to the city's senior sales tax exemption this budget cycle.

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

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FBI awaiting leads on bank robbery
Tuesday's lunch-hour robbery of the downtown branch of Alaska Pacific Bank has not been solved.

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.

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.

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.

Briefly

Assembly OKs plan to curb tour impacts
The Juneau Assembly unanimously accepted most of an agreement with tourism operators Wednesday, postponing work on flightseeing issues until Monday.

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

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

Mulder bill bypasses ship talks
The cruise ship debate flared on the House floor this morning, as minority Democrats strenuously protested a fast track for a new bill by the chamber's Finance Committee.

Additional city funding may preserve classroom sizes
A boost of extra funds from the city would allow Juneau's public schools to preserve the current student-teacher ratio in a time of tight budgets, school officials say.

Legislature 2001: Local gas plan gets a boost
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority could sell $76 million in bonds to finance a natural gas project for Southeast under a bill passed by the House on Wednesday.

Woman burned in trailer fire
A fire Wednesday afternoon in a trailer on Stephen Richards Memorial Drive totaled the residence of a senior couple, and the woman may require skin grafts to her left hand after suffering second- and third-degree burns.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. It 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.

Remedy needed for Supreme Court rulings
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two disappointing decisions Tuesday, one putting limits on the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the other allowing the arrest and jailing of motorists for minor traffic infractions. These harsh actions can and should be remedied by quick legislative action.

In consideration of a new road for NOAA
I would like to thank all the city officials and staff who have worked very hard to make the NOAA facility at Lena Point happen. I think it is a positive step for Juneau in keeping its economy diverse and I am looking forward to having it in the neighborhood. I know there are neighborhood concerns, but I believe they can be worked out.

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...

Vote for change
I am not a candidate for Goldbelt Board of Directors, although I have been nominated. I do not want to be a candidate.

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.

End of paper trail
The Mendenhall Flying Lions Club and Gastineau Humane Services Corp. regretfully announce the end of their paper recycling project due to factors beyond their control. Effective immediately, the drop-off sites at Fred Meyer and A&P stores are closed and all paper pickups will cease on April 30.

Cherry-picking timber in the Tongass
In Tuesday's article on the Kuakan timber sale written (well written in my opinion) by Joanna Markell, I was quoted as criticizing the Forest Service for what the Sierra Club, and our attorneys in the lawsuit, regard as a misinterpretation by the Forest Service of Judge Singleton's ruling halting timber sales in roadless areas. I want to make it clear that we do not think Judge Singleton's injunction was misapplied in the case of the Kuakan timber sale.

Credit all around
Thank you for dedicating a portion of your newspaper to Juneau Color each week. It is great to be able to count on having at least one positive feature on the front page. Thank you, Mac Metcalf, for writing those kind words about me. I can't accept it all. Here's the rest of the story. Credit goes to these people who work for the love of music and dance in Juneau:

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.

Quality child care benefits necessary
The report on the impact of child care on children's behavior (Empire, April 19), no doubt fostered some anxiety for many parents. The majority of the approximately 2,000 young children in Juneau from birth to 5 currently attend child care while their parents work.

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.

Remedy needed for Supreme Court rulings
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two disappointing decisions Tuesday, one putting limits on the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the other allowing the arrest and jailing of motorists for minor traffic infractions. These harsh actions can and should be remedied by quick legislative action.

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.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. It 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 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.

Vote for change
I am not a candidate for Goldbelt Board of Directors, although I have been nominated. I do not want to be a candidate.

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.

End of paper trail
The Mendenhall Flying Lions Club and Gastineau Humane Services Corp. regretfully announce the end of their paper recycling project due to factors beyond their control. Effective immediately, the drop-off sites at Fred Meyer and A&P stores are closed and all paper pickups will cease on April 30.

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.

Credit all around
Thank you for dedicating a portion of your newspaper to Juneau Color each week. It is great to be able to count on having at least one positive feature on the front page. Thank you, Mac Metcalf, for writing those kind words about me. I can't accept it all. Here's the rest of the story. Credit goes to these people who work for the love of music and dance in Juneau:

Quality child care benefits necessary
The report on the impact of child care on children's behavior (Empire, April 19), no doubt fostered some anxiety for many parents. The majority of the approximately 2,000 young children in Juneau from birth to 5 currently attend child care while their parents work.

In consideration of a new road for NOAA
I would like to thank all the city officials and staff who have worked very hard to make the NOAA facility at Lena Point happen. I think it is a positive step for Juneau in keeping its economy diverse and I am looking forward to having it in the neighborhood. I know there are neighborhood concerns, but I believe they can be worked out.

Cherry-picking timber in the Tongass
In Tuesday's article on the Kuakan timber sale written (well written in my opinion) by Joanna Markell, I was quoted as criticizing the Forest Service for what the Sierra Club, and our attorneys in the lawsuit, regard as a misinterpretation by the Forest Service of Judge Singleton's ruling halting timber sales in roadless areas. I want to make it clear that we do not think Judge Singleton's injunction was misapplied in the case of the Kuakan timber sale.

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...

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.

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.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Glacier Swim Club finishes high in state Junior Olympics
Juneau's Glacier Swim Club took second place in the 2001 Speedo-Alaska Swimming Junior Olympic State Championships meet held April 20-22 at Anchorage's Bartlett High School.

Glacier Swim Club finishes high in state Junior Olympics
Juneau's Glacier Swim Club took second place in the 2001 Speedo-Alaska Swimming Junior Olympic State Championships meet held April 20-22 at Anchorage's Bartlett High School.

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