Thursday, April 27, 2000

Governor signs historic 'civil unions' bill for gay couples
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A bare 24 hours after the House gave its final approval, Gov. Howard Dean today signed the bill into law making Vermont the first state to give gay couples the rights and benefits of marriage.

Court says Miami relatives' can't visit Elian
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court today denied a request by Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez for visits with him or for an outside guardian. The court accepted instead the government's offer of regular reports from a psychiatrist and a social worker.

Court says Miami relatives' can't visit Elian
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court today denied a request by Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez for visits with him or for an outside guardian. The court accepted instead the government's offer of regular reports from a psychiatrist and a social worker.

Governor signs historic 'civil unions' bill for gay couples
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A bare 24 hours after the House gave its final approval, Gov. Howard Dean today signed the bill into law making Vermont the first state to give gay couples the rights and benefits of marriage.

Thank you . . .

Obituaries
Lillian L. Babcock, Travis Mason

Obituaries
Lillian L. Babcock, Travis Mason

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Thank you . . .

Neighbors briefly

Around town

Perennials showing signs of life and color
All over our region the long-dormant perennials are coming back.

Around town

Pet of the week
Emily is a 1 year old female lab mix who is described as lovable, active and friendly. She will need some training. A spay certificate is available to the adopting family. To adopt Emily, visit her at the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Highway, or phone 789-0260.

DZ Honor roll
The following students are on the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Honor roll for the third academic quarter (an asterisk denotes all A's):

Obituaries
Clifford A. Berge

Perennials showing signs of life and color
All over our region the long-dormant perennials are coming back.

DZ Honor roll
The following students are on the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Honor roll for the third academic quarter (an asterisk denotes all A's):

Around town

Obituaries
Clifford A. Berge

Pet of the week
Emily is a 1 year old female lab mix who is described as lovable, active and friendly. She will need some training. A spay certificate is available to the adopting family. To adopt Emily, visit her at the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Highway, or phone 789-0260.

Neighbors briefly

On with the show
With a flourish worthy of a seasoned Shakespearian actress, fifth grader Erika O'Sullivan heralded the opening of Spring For The Arts.

Ravens and crows and jays - oh my!
The intelligence of ravens, the mystery of the aurora and the history of witches are all fair game for writer Candace Savage.

Ravens and crows and jays - oh my!
The intelligence of ravens, the mystery of the aurora and the history of witches are all fair game for writer Candace Savage.

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On with the show
With a flourish worthy of a seasoned Shakespearian actress, fifth grader Erika O'Sullivan heralded the opening of Spring For The Arts.

Entertainment profile
Henry Hopkins: German-American Irish piper

Entertainment calendar

Entertainment profile
Henry Hopkins: German-American Irish piper

Entertainment calendar

800 musicians come together for festival
It's the other Alaska Music Festival. The 600 musicians arriving in Juneau today will be carrying brass and wind instruments instead of guitars and mandolins, and violins instead of fiddles.

Savings may cost Alaska millions
Consider this offer: Put down $3,400 and get $18,600 more toward the purchase of a new car.

800 musicians come together for festival
It's the other Alaska Music Festival. The 600 musicians arriving in Juneau today will be carrying brass and wind instruments instead of guitars and mandolins, and violins instead of fiddles.

Ship spill bill buoyant again after losing some of its weight
A pollution prevention bill affecting cruise ships has been resuscitated. But it's lost some of its muscle.

This year's air show biggest ever
Military bombers, fighter planes, helicopters, experimental aircraft and a precision flying team from over the border will fill the airspace over Juneau this weekend during the Southeast Alaska Regional Airshow.

State and local briefly

Juneau Empire Online Local News: 04/26/00
In 1993, then-Gov. Walter Hickel killed funding for a classroom addition at the University of Alaska Southeast's Auke Bay campus.

Police and fire blotter

Ship spill bill buoyant again after losing some of its weight
A pollution prevention bill affecting cruise ships has been resuscitated. But it's lost some of its muscle.

Rural power funds shrink in Senate
Power Cost Equalization couldn't make it all the way over a Republican wall in the Senate on Wednesday.

Title
In 1993, then-Gov. Walter Hickel killed funding for a classroom addition at the University of Alaska Southeast's Auke Bay campus.

Trial: Expert says why victims alter testimony
During the third day of testimony in the trial of accused Hoonah rapist and batterer Daniel Neal, an expert testified about why a victim might recant her story.

Parents, coaches debate sports policies
Some parents say high school sports are too concerned with winning, but coaches and other parents say competition is good for kids and there are noncompetitive avenues available.

When fractions of effort make a difference
Olympic gymnast Peter Vidmar entertained a capacity luncheon audience Wednesday at Centennial Hall with alternating pommel horse moves, quips and his philosophy of achieving greatness.

Savings may cost Alaska millions
Consider this offer: Put down $3,400 and get $18,600 more toward the purchase of a new car.

Wolf attacks boy in Icy Bay
YAKUTAT --A six-year-old boy was bitten three times by a wolf on Wednesday at a logging camp in Icy Bay, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Corrections

Wife reverses testimony in rape, battering trial
In the second day of the trial of accused Hoonah rapist and batterer Daniel Neal, the victim said she was the guilty party.

Contract cut pitched
Senate leaders have indirectly laid their offer to state workers on the table, and it's about $20 million smaller than the deal Gov. Tony Knowles' administration negotiated with them.

Parents, coaches debate sports policies
Some parents say high school sports are too concerned with winning, but coaches and other parents say competition is good for kids and there are noncompetitive avenues available.

Haines voters OK 4 percent tourism tax
The tourism-driven economy of Haines entered a new era Tuesday with confirmation that borough voters approved new 4 percent taxes on tours and lodging.

Spill bill deal may be near
Shippers and the Alaska Railroad would have to prove they can pay damages to the state if they spill fuel in Alaska waters. But they wouldn't need plans for cleaning up a spill, at least not for a while.

State and local briefly

State and local briefly

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

Police and fire blotter

Wife reverses testimony in rape, battering trial
In the second day of the trial of accused Hoonah rapist and batterer Daniel Neal, the victim said she was the guilty party.

Corrections

Spill bill deal may be near
Shippers and the Alaska Railroad would have to prove they can pay damages to the state if they spill fuel in Alaska waters. But they wouldn't need plans for cleaning up a spill, at least not for a while.

Wolf attacks boy in Icy Bay
YAKUTAT --A six-year-old boy was bitten three times by a wolf on Wednesday at a logging camp in Icy Bay, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Haines voters OK 4 percent tourism tax
The tourism-driven economy of Haines entered a new era Tuesday with confirmation that borough voters approved new 4 percent taxes on tours and lodging.

When fractions of effort make a difference
Olympic gymnast Peter Vidmar entertained a capacity luncheon audience Wednesday at Centennial Hall with alternating pommel horse moves, quips and his philosophy of achieving greatness.

State and local briefly

Trial: Expert says why victims alter testimony
During the third day of testimony in the trial of accused Hoonah rapist and batterer Daniel Neal, an expert testified about why a victim might recant her story.

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

Rural power funds shrink in Senate
Power Cost Equalization couldn't make it all the way over a Republican wall in the Senate on Wednesday.

School budget cut less than feared
Local public schools will get $200,000 less than requested from city coffers under the latest Juneau Assembly plan.

Contract cut pitched
Senate leaders have indirectly laid their offer to state workers on the table, and it's about $20 million smaller than the deal Gov. Tony Knowles' administration negotiated with them.

School budget cut less than feared
Local public schools will get $200,000 less than requested from city coffers under the latest Juneau Assembly plan.

This year's air show biggest ever
Military bombers, fighter planes, helicopters, experimental aircraft and a precision flying team from over the border will fill the airspace over Juneau this weekend during the Southeast Alaska Regional Airshow.

Word of mouth

Thanks to Juneau Angels
Letter by Sharon Martin and family

Changes at the Capitol
So far seven legislators - four senators and three representatives - have decided enough is enough and won't return for another session. Combined, they represent nearly 100 years of legislative experience and know-how.

Important transportation session is this weekend
Letter by Ken Koelsch

Changes at the Capitol
So far seven legislators - four senators and three representatives - have decided enough is enough and won't return for another session. Combined, they represent nearly 100 years of legislative experience and know-how.

Don't change election rules
The following editorial was published in the April 18 edition of the Anchorage Daily News:

Thanks to Juneau Angels
Letter by Sharon Martin and family

When can a child make big decisions?
Put aside the dueling photos of the same boy terrified at being taken from his great-uncle's home and delighted to be in his father's arms.

Fund the contracts
Letter by Gary Miller

Word of mouth

Restoring trust, forging a shared vision
If you ask a well-informed Alaskan to identify the most pressing issue facing Alaska they will likely say the state's fiscal dilemma. I would assert the No. 1 issue is ``trust.''

Important transportation session is this weekend
Letter by Ken Koelsch

Word of mouth

Don't change election rules
The following editorial was published in the April 18 edition of the Anchorage Daily News:

Fund the contracts
Letter by Gary Miller

When can a child make big decisions?
Put aside the dueling photos of the same boy terrified at being taken from his great-uncle's home and delighted to be in his father's arms.

Restoring trust, forging a shared vision
If you ask a well-informed Alaskan to identify the most pressing issue facing Alaska they will likely say the state's fiscal dilemma. I would assert the No. 1 issue is ``trust.''

Word of mouth

Supports initiative vote
Letter by Dave Werner

Supports initiative vote
Letter by Dave Werner

Sitka's Dailey leads Barracudas with five swim titles
Alex Dailey of the Baranof Barracudas Swim Club in Sitka claimed five individual titles in the Speedo/Alaska Swimming Junior Olympic Championship April 14-16 at Bartlett High School swim pool in Anchorage.

Sports calendar

Big weekend for girls, boys soccer teams
Local high school soccer fans better not blink, they might miss the season.

Crimson Bears host softball bonanza
High School softball fans in Juneau have a smorgasbord of games to choose from this weekend.

Big weekend for girls, boys soccer teams
Local high school soccer fans better not blink, they might miss the season.

Juneau track heads south for Skyview Invite
This weekend 13 members of the Juneau-Douglas track and field team will compete in one of the largest meets of the season.

Sports in Juneau

Sports calendar

Sitka's Dailey leads Barracudas with five swim titles
Alex Dailey of the Baranof Barracudas Swim Club in Sitka claimed five individual titles in the Speedo/Alaska Swimming Junior Olympic Championship April 14-16 at Bartlett High School swim pool in Anchorage.

Crimson Bears host softball bonanza
High School softball fans in Juneau have a smorgasbord of games to choose from this weekend.

Sports in Juneau

Juneau track heads south for Skyview Invite
This weekend 13 members of the Juneau-Douglas track and field team will compete in one of the largest meets of the season.

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