Saturday, April 26, 2003

A sustainable economy
Everyone is talking economy nowadays. Seniors are telling people the money they get from the government is infused into the economy, giving a boost. President Bush is still saying a tax cut is the resolution to a lagging economy, just as it used to be the reward of a booming, surplus economy. We got armchair economists sending letters to the editor, including me.

Easier to make war than to solve social problems
Kenn Magowan's recent My Turn was excellent. I would like to add that most of our American freedoms were not won on the battlefield in someone else's country. They were earned in the streets of America by civilians who united to form unions, to fight against racism, corporate greed, and to implement social justice.

Assembly backs armed forces resolution
The Juneau Assembly unanimously approved a resolution last week supporting this country's armed forces and their families.

Night lights
The Aurora Borealis puts on a show over the forests of North Douglas Island early Thursday morning.

Drunken driver gets 6 months for accident, leaving the scene
A Juneau woman who, while drunk, crashed her car into three other vehicles, fled the scene and attempted to elude police on foot, was sentenced Thursday in Superior Court to six months in prison. Crash victims said they were angry at the "light" sentence.

Skagway, Bartlett near completion of clinic deal
Bartlett Regional Hospital would manage the Skagway Medical Clinic starting in July, under an agreement that is nearly final.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Hot breakfast plan: Learning on a full stomach
Students line up before school starts at Riverbend Elementary and dig into bowls of hot oatmeal, thanks to the efforts of companies, parents and school officials.

Spring cleanup
Red Langel, an equipment operator for the city, drives a sweeping and vacuuming truck down Gold Street on Thursday.

Juneau cruise ship fee stands firm despite federal ban
A federal law prohibiting municipalities from taxing cruise ships without providing a reasonable service in return won't affect Juneau's cruise ship passenger fees, according to the city attorney.

Classic toy store to open downtown
When Alicia and Roger Smith had the first of their two children three-and-a-half years ago, they did more than just extend their family. They also gave birth to a business plan.

USAF jets stop in Juneau
Two Air Force F-15C Eagle jets left Juneau with a roar Thursday morning, startling residents who heard or saw them zoom over the Gastineau Channel at 9 a.m.

AroundTown
Listings of local nonprofit events.

JAMHI to build housing for patients
Construction should begin near Salmon Creek by fall on two eight-plex apartments for mental health patients, officials with the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. announced.

Kids against drugs
Joshua Tupou, Nia Make and Siosi Tupou dance Saka- and Maori-style dances during the sparkling cider "sip-in" in front of the Capitol at noon on Thursday.

Spring snuggle
Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Greg Pendergrast and Kelly Morgan share a tender moment while their class took advantage of the sunny weather to study outside on Thursday.

Thank you
The staff and students of Glacier Valley Elementary School would like to thank the businesses listed below for their participation in and donations to our spring Scholastic Book Fair held March 18 to 21 at the Glacier Valley School Library.

To dad, about daughter's life choices
Dear Dad, We haven't talked for a while now, but I miss you every day. We left a lot unsaid you and I. It seems to be the way we functioned together - information on a need to know basis. Perhaps now I need you to hear me. There are things I need you to know. I still have questions for you. Is it too late?

FYI
Births, Marriage Licenses, Business Licenses, Court Records, Divorces, Dissolutions and Judgments.

Hitting the rhodies, a sign of spring
Like Santa in the spring, I come back to Juneau trailing a bag of goodies 1,000 miles behind me.

Fishermen remembered - what a gathering it would be
Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." - John 15-13.

Dorothy 'Lulu' June Vavalis-Enbusk
Lifetime Juneau resident Dorothy "Lulu" June Vavalis-Enbusk, 56, died Jan. 2, 2003, at her home in Juneau.

Herbert Willie Enns
Douglas resident Herbert Willie Enns, 71, died April 21, 2003, of pancreatic cancer at his home in Douglas.

My Turn: Why have hearings if no one listens?
I read Jim Clarks My Turn about the governor's plan to close Alyeska Central School and thought, "How could he say all this? Didn't he go to the hearings? Doesn't he know the facts?"

Reaching new heights
David Thomas of Palmer kicks a sealskin ball suspended 87 inches above the ground Thursday during the Alaska high kick competition at the statewide Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage. Thomas won the event with a kick at 88 inches - breaking the record of 87 inches set by Daniel Koso in 1996.

Stoudamire is top rookie
Amare Stoudemire won the NBA Rookie of the Year award Thursday, the first player to do so after coming to the league directly from high school.

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

Coed Volleyball
The final standings from the 2003 Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's coed volleyball league postseason tournament.

Track team heads north to Skyview meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School track team had a chance to see where it stood among Region V teams when the Crimson Bears opened their season two weekends ago with a sweep of the Sitka Invitational.

Burglary suspects killed at church
Two men were shot and killed Thursday in what Alaska State Troopers say was an attempted burglary at a Big Lake church.

Whittier drops head tax to lure Princess back
Princess Cruises is returning to Whittier in the 2004 season following a city council decision to repeal a $1 per passenger head tax on cruise passengers.

New hope for Alyeska?
All but the summer program of a Juneau-based, state-run correspondence school would be saved under a compromise offered Thursday by the House State Affairs Committee.

Sponsor plans to carry on fight for cruise tax
Though it's unlikely a cruise ship head tax will be approved by the Legislature this session, the sponsor of such a measure said he will continue to fight for it.

Republicans reject GOP member of ethics panel
Senate Republicans rejected the confirmation of Shirley McCoy to the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics on Thursday.

House grapples with clergy's requirement to report abuse
Most legislators agree child abuse should be reported, but they don't agree on how far state law should go in making churches report it.

Getting initiatives on ballot could get tougher
A bill moving through the House would make it harder for Alaskans to get initiatives on the ballot.

Clarification
Residents of Yakutat and members of the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe also are among those eligible for a new halibut subsistence fishing program reported Wednesday in the Empire.

Education Dept. names commissioner applicants
Three educators are being considered to be commissioner of the state Department of Education and Early Development.

Senate committee passes lobbying law
The Senate Judiciary Committee has OK'd a bill relaxing the state's lobbying laws.

Troopers call off search for climbers on Devil's Thumb
Alaska State Troopers have called off the search for two Canadian climbers missing on the remote Devil's Thumb north of Petersburg, trooper Chris Umbs said.

Troopers wait for results in murder case
Alaska State Troopers went back to Tenakee Springs this week to question residents about the death of Maggie Wigen, a trooper official said Thursday.

Arts scholarships available
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is accepting applications for its 2003 scholarship programs.

What it means to be Alutiiq
What does it mean to be Alutiiq? And how do you pinpoint the identity of a culture that has been shaped by its independence, as well as its contact with its Unangan, Yupik, Athabaskan and Tlingit neighbors and its battles with colonizing Russians and Americans?

Ravenstail weavers to visit glacier center
The Ravenstail Weavers Guild and Northwest Coast Basketry weavers will be at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

Boardwalk Boogie tickets on sale
Tickets for the 2003 Pelican Boardwalk Boogie, May 8 to 11, are on sale at the Paradise Cafe.

'Number The Stars' plays Thursday
Northern Light Junior Theatre will perform "Number The Stars," at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Northern Light United Church. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Memoirs of a longtime lawmaker
Bless or blame Bill Ray's children. The longtime Alaska legislator says they convinced him to write a book for his grandkids, "so they know what their grandfather did."

The Swamp
Cartoon by TOE

Haines' museums offer catch-all pass
Haines' four museums - the American Bald Eagle Foundation, Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Hammer Museum and Tsirku Canning Co. - are teaming up to sell a $15 pass that's good for one-time entrance into each museum.

What's Happening
Upcoming arts & entertainment events in Juneau.

Can Larry Musarra get some frequent flier miles?
On my way to Anchorage last weekend, I stripped off my coat, bracelets, rings, belt and shoes, but the airport metal detector went off anyway, so I padded over to the mat with the footprint outlines on it and spread my arms while an attendant gave me the pat-down. When the underwire in my bra made her magnetic wand beep, she explained she would have to do "a swoop," running her hand under each breast.

Staffers take on lawmakers in annual skits
The actors, stagehands and lampoonists behind Saturday's 38th Annual Legislative Skits are not in the Capitol limelight for most of the political season.

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