Saturday, April 27, 2002

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.

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."

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.

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

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."

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

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.

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.

FYI
Births

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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: 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: 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."

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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