Friday, April 26, 2002

Nurture imagination
This Wednesday two people wrote in strong letters about the American Dream. Yes! Keep writing, both of you! One was a powerful story told by an anonymous prisoner about the traps of alcohol; the other urged positive action in place of America's excessiveness.

On homeland security
I write in response to Maj. Gen. Oates' My Turn of April 17 regarding lack of legislative cooperation for homeland security. One first has to remember that it's a federal responsibility to guard our borders from foreign aggression - the states aren't supposed to be burdened.

Undermining the poor
On April 7, delegates to the 2002 convention of the League of Women Voters of Alaska passed a resolution opposing SB 182, Pro-Rata Reduction in Benefits.

Stealing hurts
How sad! I have just learned that on April 24, someone yet again broke into a snack stand (Kennedy/Adair Field) and stole merchandise slated for use during the upcoming Little League season.

An absurd idea
I am puzzled why there hasn't been more public outcry over the Assembly ramrodding the funding of the bus parking expansion in Marine Park. Maybe people are tired of the issue or think there is no hope of changing this decision. However, I find this project difficult to choke down and have to add my two cents.

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

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

Juneau's water story
Lack of rain this spring hasn't made a dent in the water supplied to downtown Juneau by a giant underground river.Downtown Juneau consumes 1.8 million to 2.2 million gallons of water a day. The wells in Last Chance Basin, just off Basin Road, tap into that underground river, and the water is pumped to town.

Man awaits verdict in trial for stabbing
A Juneau jury is deciding today whether the stabbing of a Juneau man - the result of an argument about which one was the "real Alaskan" - was meant to cause serious injury or was self-defense. George Shavers, 48, is on trial for stabbing acquaintance Barry Richards on Jan. 26 while they were drinking on Shavers' boat. He is charged with felony first-degree assault and felony tampering with evidence.

City will reconsider rejected applications
Juneau Assembly members on Wednesday directed the city's Social Services Advisory Board to review and score nine social service agency grant applications that were rejected for technical reasons.Earlier this month, the Social Services Advisory Board recommended the city use $472,000 to fund 15 local social service programs. The city received 26 applications for the money; nine were rejected because the applications weren't filled out correctly, advisory board members said.

Banner suit filed in court
A lawsuit filed in federal court on Thursday claims the state and federal constitutional rights of Juneau-Douglas High School senior Joseph Frederick were violated when he was suspended for carrying a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" in January.Frederick, with the support of the Alaska Civil Liberties Union, filed the suit roughly three weeks after announcing his intent to pursue legal action. The suit names JDHS Principal Deb Morse and the Juneau School Board as defendants.

Driest spring ever saps home's well
Dixie Hood believed she never would run out of water in Juneau.Hood lives off Back Loop Road, and Juneau's driest spring on record has left her well pump sucking air. "It's only happened once before in 22 years," Hood said. "I was thinking I might have to do a rain dance or something. I need rain."

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

Photo: Learning about work
Marissa Worley, left, and Gabrielle Larson list their ideas on what it takes to make a good teacher during a workshop Thursday at the State Office Building. About 25 children of employees for the Department of Administration participated in the Take Your Child to Work Day event.

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

'Last American Ace' puts emphasis on strong values
America's last Ace fighter pilot told an audience Wednesday afternoon at Centennial Hall that the global war on terrorism is a test of the principles of the United States and its citizens.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, Tom Kohan's name was misspelled in an article about the closing of a used car lot in Tuesday's Empire.

School District asks for more city funding
Officials from the Juneau School District told the Juneau Assembly on Wednesday evening they need more money from the city in the next biennium to maintain programs and bring underachieving students up to state standards.Some Assembly members questioned whether meeting that financial request will be possible given the city's tight financial situation this year.

FYI
Births

J. Parry Moore: Singing with power and the power of singing
Micaela Fowler remembers when Joyce Parry Moore moved to Juneau to be Lady Lou eight years ago."She's a little piece of New York in Juneau," said Fowler, who has studied voice with Parry Moore for four years. Now 16, Fowler shared the stage with Parry Moore in the mid 1990s in Perseverance Theatre's summer tourist show, "Lady Lou Revue."

Fireweed Place asking city for $100,000 bailout
Fireweed Place officials are asking the city for short-term financial help to stave off foreclosure of the downtown senior housing complex.Located on Willoughby Avenue, Fireweed Place apartments are for people 55 and older. Built in 1995, the building never has reached full occupancy and is struggling to pay off a loan from the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., said Tom Dahl, president of Senior Citizen Support Services, the nonprofit group that runs the building.

Neighbors Briefs
Philatelic society to hold sale; Habitat For Humanity sets fund-raiser walkathon

Neighbors Letter
On behalf of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska's Naa Kahidi Dancers, it is with great pride that I announce that our Native dance troupe has been selected to represent the state of Alaska at the 2002 Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. This is truly an honor, as it is only the second time in the history of the parade that a Native American group will participate and the first time the state of Alaska will be represented.

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 older).

West, Hubbard to marry
Hayley West of Juneau and Brent Hubbard of Andrews, Texas, will be married in a ceremony at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2002, at Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Andrews.

Resident celebrates 95th birthday
Friends and family gathered to celebrate the 95th birthday of Juneau resident Art Kassner at the Juneau Pioneers' Home earlier this month.

Marinelli and Davis wed
Amy Teresa Marinelli of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Thomas Scott Davis of Dayton, Ohio, were married on April 8, 2002, at the Barrow Courthouse. Dogsledding followed the ceremony.

Thank You
Perseverance Theatre wishes to thank the many people who helped make our April 19 Spring Dinner such a success. Foremost, we thank the Silverbow: our hosts Ken Alper and Jill Ramiel; and Chef, Ben Bohen, who shared his culinary artistry in creating yet another unrivaled meal.

Executive director leaves AWARE after seven years of service
Annette Coggins, executive director of AWARE, will leave the nonprofit agency Wednesday after more than seven years of service. With more than 20 years of shelter experience, Coggins provides a positive influence for the many people whose lives she touches, coworkers said.

Richard Joseph Mueller
Former Juneau resident Richard Joseph Mueller, 83, died Monday, April 22, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Mildred Rose Lowe
Former Juneau resident Mildred Rose Lowe, 76, died April 19, 2002, in Eugene, Ore.

Charlie Flory
Juneau resident Charlie Flory, 82, died April 26, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

My Turn: Addressing the subsistence issue
"A system which provides subsistence opportunities for all Alaskans, but which affords a priority for some residents in time of limited resources, may achieve greater justice ... if it is created prudently and administered responsibly," say the Catholic Bishops of Alaska in their April 12 pastoral letter.

My Turn: Huge loss for UAS students
Thanks to the depth of expertise and contributions given by Jamie Bursell, instructor of the Human Anatomy and Physiology course at UAS, her course has been rendered a huge success. However, UAS has decided to cut instructor Jamie Bursell from the program. At the end of this semester, Jamie will no longer be invited to teach the course she made so popular among students and the community.

My Turn: VPSO programs provide basic public safety
I am the VPSO program manager for the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. I have held this position for almost seven years. Previously, I was the commander of "A" detachment of the Alaska State Troopers, which is Southeast Alaska, for five years. I retired from the Alaska State Troopers with 24 years of service. I have extensive knowledge and experience with the VPSO program and the Alaska State Troopers.

My Turn: Reporter keeps crystal ball to himself
Bill McAllister's Capitol Notebook (Empire, Sunday, April 21) described the two-minute per person testimony limit at Senate Finance Committee public hearing last Thursday and Friday in the most abhorrent, slanted way possible.

My Turn: Natural gas proposals have differences
The "All-Alaska Gasline Initiative" was certified by Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer and will be on the Nov. 5, general election ballot. On April 22, the House passed HB302; a bill entitled "An Act establishing the Alaska Gas Corp." A heated discussion is brewing in Juneau as to whether the two pieces of legislation are "substantially similar."

Local Sports Briefs
Boozer signs with agent; Thunderfeet Jump Rope Team wins at regional tournament

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

Juneau aiming for state title
After sweeping five games in Ketchikan to open the season April 18-20, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls softball team is feeling good about its chances to win a state championship.

Amateur night
On Wednesday night, the young boxers streamed into the Juneau Douglas Boxing Club gym in the Salmon Creek Professional Center and started working out.Nicholas Danielson, 17, Anthony Manacio III, 20, and Trevis Dallas, 16, all started punching at heavy bags hanging in one end of the gym. Tanya Lerum, 15, was in the ring sparring with trainer Delfin Evenson, while 8-year-old Alesa Abbott and Ryan Braman were wrapping their hands so they could start working out.

Juneau Tornados Wresting Results
Results from the 2002 Juneau Tornados wrestling club's spring tournament, held April 13 at Riverbend Elementary School.

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

JPR Coed Volleyball Post-Season Results
Results from the 2002 Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation coed volleball league post-season tournament (top-four teams in each division).

Land swap could help open mine
A proposed land trade involving U.S. Forest Service property near Berners Bay could help plans to reopen the Kensington mine, according to developer Coeur Alaska.Coeur, a subsidiary of Idaho-based Coeur D'Alene Mines Corp., said the Cape Fox Land Entitlement Adjustment Act of 2002, introduced this week by U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, would make it easier to develop the multi-metal mine about 45 miles northwest of downtown Juneau, between Lynn Canal and Berners Bay.

Tesoro loses bid to limit probe
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled against Tesoro Petroleum Corp. in its attempt to limit the scope of the state attorney general's gasoline price-fixing investigation.

State offers special help to laid-off veneer mill workers
KETCHIKAN - The state is offering special services to help workers who lost their jobs when Gateway Forest Products veneer mill shut down.

Ferry system eyes cutbacks
Winter ferry service throughout Southeast would be cut by about 50 percent under the 2003 state budget that was headed to the Senate floor late this morning, a state official says.

Senate adds $27 million in spending to state budget
Senate Republicans are boosting funds for education by about $18 million in the 2003 state budget.About $27 million for education, public safety, alcohol treatment, tobacco cessation, courts and the corrections system has been added to the House-passed budget without increasing the general fund, said Finance Co-Chairman Dave Donley of Anchorage.

Burned hotel in Anchorage will be rebuilt
ANCHORAGE - The owners of the Anchorage hotel that burned to the ground April 9 say they plan to rebuild and are aiming to open March 1, 2003.

ASEA election leads to runoff for president
Alaska's largest state employees' union has completed its first round of elections, but a new president will not be picked until May 24.Alaska State Employees Association President Ernest F. Thomas did not make it into the running to hold his position. None of the six candidates took a majority of the votes needed to win in the first round of elections.

State Briefs
Anti-terrorism bill passes state House; Fire damages trailer home; Harbor fees on board agenda; Calendar helps fund mountain rescue team

State Briefs
Missile launched as part of exercises; 11th labor group backs Ulmer; Physicians leader speaks on sanctions

Hoonah residents worry compensation isn't coming
National Park Service officials heard this week from Hoonah residents frustrated that they were excluded from compensation for commercial fishing closures in Glacier Bay.Officials say many of the denied applicants should be successful in their appeals.

What's happening
Theater-Opera

Alaska writers featured in late-night theater fest
The misadventures of a rock star and the glory of food will be celebrated in Perseverance Theatre's new Midnight Theatre Festival. Three new plays by Alaska writers will be presented in coming weeks in the Douglas theater.

Five artists hold group show
JUNEAU - "You Gotta Have Art," a one-day exhibit of new artwork by Tisket Seslar, Ellen Northup, Sara Goese, Michael Phelps and Melissa Goese-Goble, will be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The show and sale will be in the new hall at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4212 Mendenhall Loop Road. Northup said there may be almost 200 pieces in the show.

'Money' looks at the pros of cons
The Girl discovers that aging salesman Walter Sherman has a soft spot for con artists. Sherman and The Girl are the sole characters in "Money," a new work by Anchorage playwright Dick Reichman. "Money" just wrapped up an extended debut run at Anchorage's Off Center Playhouse, widely known as Cyrano's, and comes to Juneau for two performances, April 27 and 28, at Perseverance Theatre.

Best Bets: Theater, fine film opportunities abound
We can thank Anchorage for some fine entertainment in Juneau this weekend.Anchorage playwright Dick Reichman is playing Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Perseverance Theatre's newest offering, "Lost in Kubla Khan." The role brought Reichman to Juneau, and Reichman, a playwright as well as an actor, is bringing his newest play, "Money," to town.

Movies Where & When
The Best of the Anchorage Film Festival, 7:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30, at Perseverance Theatre, two hours of short movies by national filmmakers, same films both nights. Tickets $10 at Hearthside Books and at the door.

Traveling film fest showcases shorts from around the country
The Academy Award-winning short film "Helicopter" and the animated "Hypertension" are among the short films featured in The Best of the Anchorage Film Festival 2001. The traveling show of seven films from the festival will be in Juneau for two showings, at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30. A screen will be set up on the set of "Kubla Khan" at Perseverance Theatre. Admission is $10 and tickets are available at Hearthside Books and at the door.

Pelican hosts annual music festival, dirty-song contest
Pelican's fourth annual Boardwalk Boogie will kick off May 16. The three-day music festival features dancing, live music and other activities.Highlights of the festival are afternoon cafe concerts, open mike jams, square dancing and the infamous "Filthy Song and Slit Yer Wrist Song Contests."

The prose of 'Khan'
Sometimes dreams come true - and sometimes they come to life. Just as Samuel Coleridge's ballad "Kubla Khan" came to the poet in a dream, Coleridge himself comes to Virginia Anderson in a dream, opening a play set in Virginia's imagination.

Comedy vet, former sitcom star comes to capital city
C omedian Tom Rhodes, veteran of stand-up and television comedy, comes to Juneau for a show Friday, April 26, at Marlintini's Lounge.

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