Monday, April 30, 2001

Around Town

Obituary

Around Town

Around Town

Obituary

Around Town

Vincent Isturis
Vincent Isturis Sr. always told his children, "A good photographer never leaves the house without a camera."

Vincent Isturis
Vincent Isturis Sr. always told his children, "A good photographer never leaves the house without a camera."

Clean-up of 'Spam Can' may be done next month
Work crews are expected to finish cleaning diesel from the Court Plaza Building within a month, but some 140 tenants still might be banned from the so-called Spam Can through the end of June.

Award helps theater build 'permanent fund' account
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has awarded a $50,000 endowment gift to Perseverance Theatre to support the theater's education and training programs.

Milliron named top choice for Floyd Dryden principal
Schools Superintendent Gary Bader will recommend Tom Milliron as the new principal of Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Reopening a controversy: Rating schools on test scores
If you don't like judging a student by tests, try judging a whole school.

Legislature 2001: House gets tough on DWI
The state House has approved a toned-down version of a bill to crack down on drunken drivers and another measure to beef up penalties for underage drinking.

Group works on trail recommendations
A group that is making suggestions about the level of commercial use on Juneau trails is asking for public input.

Sealaska reports $122 million loss
ANCHORAGE -- Sealaska Corp., the Juneau-based Alaska Native corporation, suffered a loss of $122 million last year, according to the company's newly released annual report. Despite the loss for accounting purposes, the regional corporation had a positive cash flow.

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

City limited on curbing tour noise
A negotiated agreement with Juneau's flightseeing operators perhaps is the best way for the city to address community concerns about aircraft noise, according to a legal analysis prepared by an attorney who specializes in aviation law.

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Briefly

Cancer bill may move in Senate
State Sen. Lyda Green says she's ready to move a bill that would pay for breast and cervical cancer treatment for some women who lack insurance.

Mandate for gifted classes may perish
School districts would be free to drop programs for gifted and talented students under a bill moving through the Legislature.

Education comes first at music festival that draws hundreds
Eight clarinetists worked on their own to prepare Handel's "Water Music." A soloist's voice floated from a school's jazz choir.

Seminar to help seniors, caregivers avoid scams
Seniors and their caregivers are invited to a free Senior Safety Night scheduled Tuesday at the Juneau Senior Center, 10th and Egan.

Senate releases proposed construction budget
A capital projects bill released by the Senate Finance Committee proposes spending $1.3 billion, heavily backed by money made available by the federal government, for construction projects in Alaska next year.

Cancer bill may move in Senate
State Sen. Lyda Green says she's ready to move a bill that would pay for breast and cervical cancer treatment for some women who lack insurance.

Will school ratings help or hurt?
Critics of an upcoming school rating system in Alaska are concerned low ratings will drive away teachers and demoralize communities.

Mandate for gifted classes may perish
School districts would be free to drop programs for gifted and talented students under a bill moving through the Legislature.

Inside the proposal to rate Alaska's schools:

Education comes first at music festival that draws hundreds
Eight clarinetists worked on their own to prepare Handel's "Water Music." A soloist's voice floated from a school's jazz choir.

Sealaska reports $122 million loss
ANCHORAGE -- Sealaska Corp., the Juneau-based Alaska Native corporation, suffered a loss of $122 million last year, according to the company's newly released annual report. Despite the loss for accounting purposes, the regional corporation had a positive cash flow.

Vandals inflict thousands of dollars in damages over weekend
Police reported three costly acts of vandalism over the weekend.

Seminar to help seniors, caregivers avoid scams
Seniors and their caregivers are invited to a free Senior Safety Night scheduled Tuesday at the Juneau Senior Center, 10th and Egan.

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

Clean-up of 'Spam Can' may be done next month
Work crews are expected to finish cleaning diesel from the Court Plaza Building within a month, but some 140 tenants still might be banned from the so-called Spam Can through the end of June.

CASA can be child's best friend
"Judge" and "case worker" are familiar terms to most people, but not CASA.

Reopening a controversy: Rating schools on test scores
If you don't like judging a student by tests, try judging a whole school.

20,000-year-old beast thawed
The Natives could smell the hair and meat of the woolly mammoth as it thawed on the Siberian tundra.

Group works on trail recommendations
A group that is making suggestions about the level of commercial use on Juneau trails is asking for public input.

Milliron named top choice for Floyd Dryden principal
Schools Superintendent Gary Bader will recommend Tom Milliron as the new principal of Floyd Dryden Middle School.

CASA can be child's best friend
"Judge" and "case worker" are familiar terms to most people, but not CASA.

City limited on curbing tour noise
A negotiated agreement with Juneau's flightseeing operators perhaps is the best way for the city to address community concerns about aircraft noise, according to a legal analysis prepared by an attorney who specializes in aviation law.

Award helps theater build 'permanent fund' account
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has awarded a $50,000 endowment gift to Perseverance Theatre to support the theater's education and training programs.

Will school ratings help or hurt?
Critics of an upcoming school rating system in Alaska are concerned low ratings will drive away teachers and demoralize communities.

Inside the proposal to rate Alaska's schools:

Senate releases proposed construction budget
A capital projects bill released by the Senate Finance Committee proposes spending $1.3 billion, heavily backed by money made available by the federal government, for construction projects in Alaska next year.

Vandals inflict thousands of dollars in damages over weekend
Police reported three costly acts of vandalism over the weekend.

Briefly

Legislature 2001: House gets tough on DWI
The state House has approved a toned-down version of a bill to crack down on drunken drivers and another measure to beef up penalties for underage drinking.

20,000-year-old beast thawed
The Natives could smell the hair and meat of the woolly mammoth as it thawed on the Siberian tundra.

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

Briefly

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

Public policy pollution
The cruise industry, not satisfied with corrupting Alaska's air and waters, is now polluting our public policy. Unhappy with the results of a two-year process to resolve water discharge problems, the industry fixed a deal with Rep. Mulder. Without hearing the governor's or Rep. Kerttula's bills, which had extensive public review, the majority is fast tracking HB 260, which gives away Alaskans' right to set our own standards or independently monitor water quality.

Responsible oil, gas exploration in ANWR
The energy challenges facing the United States are multifaceted. As such, they require a multifaceted, comprehensive solution and America must develop a cohesive national energy policy. Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to exploration for oil and natural gas will not solve our challenges, but it can be a component of a broader solution.

Looking for Lentil
I'm the exhausted woman you've seen roaming the streets with flyers, desperately looking for my cat Lentil. He's been gone for a week now.

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

Build a second bridge
I strongly agree there should be another bridge crossing to Douglas Island. I firmly believe the bridge crossing should be at the intersection of Egan Drive and Vanderbilt Hill Road for the following reasons:

Responsible oil, gas exploration in ANWR
The energy challenges facing the United States are multifaceted. As such, they require a multifaceted, comprehensive solution and America must develop a cohesive national energy policy. Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to exploration for oil and natural gas will not solve our challenges, but it can be a component of a broader solution.

The group line: 'I don't know, what do you think?'
Long ago, people made a decision to come out of caves and down from trees. Decision making has been troublesome ever since. Take just about any group of people, ask where we should all go for lunch, and you get shrugs. Ask the same group who the greatest rock band ever is, you get a fight. It would appear we are opinionated about things far away from us and even willing to come to blows over them, yet unsure and very flexible about the immediate neighborhood. How did that happen?

A chance to save lives
Regardless of the promise of government of, by and for the people, the truth is that government and the people often are in conflict over issues big and small.

Alaska must make case for ANWR oil exploration
The following editorial was published April 25 in the Anchorage Daily News: If Alaska is to win its battle to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development, we'll have to make a better case to the rest of the country.

Build a second bridge
I strongly agree there should be another bridge crossing to Douglas Island. I firmly believe the bridge crossing should be at the intersection of Egan Drive and Vanderbilt Hill Road for the following reasons:

Alaska must make case for ANWR oil exploration
The following editorial was published April 25 in the Anchorage Daily News: If Alaska is to win its battle to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development, we'll have to make a better case to the rest of the country.

Hate crimes measure deserves a quick OK
The hate crimes resolution that is before the Legislature is being watched by the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) and Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) local camps. Many of our members are urging the Legislature to pass this resolution. We are writing to urge the Legislature to vote "yes" on this important legislation. At the ANB and ANS Grand Camp level we are critically aware of the many steps necessary to protect not only the Native rights, but also all Alaska citizens' rights.

Hate crimes measure deserves a quick OK
The hate crimes resolution that is before the Legislature is being watched by the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) and Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) local camps. Many of our members are urging the Legislature to pass this resolution. We are writing to urge the Legislature to vote "yes" on this important legislation. At the ANB and ANS Grand Camp level we are critically aware of the many steps necessary to protect not only the Native rights, but also all Alaska citizens' rights.

Public policy pollution
The cruise industry, not satisfied with corrupting Alaska's air and waters, is now polluting our public policy. Unhappy with the results of a two-year process to resolve water discharge problems, the industry fixed a deal with Rep. Mulder. Without hearing the governor's or Rep. Kerttula's bills, which had extensive public review, the majority is fast tracking HB 260, which gives away Alaskans' right to set our own standards or independently monitor water quality.

Cruise bill sets up Capitol showdown
You can say this for the cruise industry: They got the alcohol lobbyists off the front burner.

Cruise bill sets up Capitol showdown
You can say this for the cruise industry: They got the alcohol lobbyists off the front burner.

How to get from Juneau to L.A. or not!
Juneau's Area Wide Transportation Plan would build a road from Juneau to L.A. It would cost $80 million. Cheap? Sure, it's federal dollars. Doesn't cost us a thing. Except the opportunity to build roads or bridges right here in Juneau.

The group line: 'I don't know, what do you think?'
Long ago, people made a decision to come out of caves and down from trees. Decision making has been troublesome ever since. Take just about any group of people, ask where we should all go for lunch, and you get shrugs. Ask the same group who the greatest rock band ever is, you get a fight. It would appear we are opinionated about things far away from us and even willing to come to blows over them, yet unsure and very flexible about the immediate neighborhood. How did that happen?

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. Only comments accompanied by a name will be published. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

How to get from Juneau to L.A. or not!
Juneau's Area Wide Transportation Plan would build a road from Juneau to L.A. It would cost $80 million. Cheap? Sure, it's federal dollars. Doesn't cost us a thing. Except the opportunity to build roads or bridges right here in Juneau.

Looking for Lentil
I'm the exhausted woman you've seen roaming the streets with flyers, desperately looking for my cat Lentil. He's been gone for a week now.

It is time to rethink policy of hazing birds at airport
BAM! A loud shot fired from a white pickup truck at the Juneau airport rings out across the pond near the airport dike trail. Ducks and geese that had been quietly feeding lift from the water and fly toward to Mendenhall Wetlands.

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

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. Only comments accompanied by a name will be published. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

A chance to save lives
Regardless of the promise of government of, by and for the people, the truth is that government and the people often are in conflict over issues big and small.

It is time to rethink policy of hazing birds at airport
BAM! A loud shot fired from a white pickup truck at the Juneau airport rings out across the pond near the airport dike trail. Ducks and geese that had been quietly feeding lift from the water and fly toward to Mendenhall Wetlands.

Crimson Bear track teams finds delayed success at Skyview
After having their flight delayed and missing the first race of Friday's preliminaries, the Juneau-Douglas High School track teams earned very respectable finishes at the Skyview Invitational Friday and Saturday in Soldotna.

Gastineau Channel Little League turns 50-years-old with celebration
When he was 10 years old, Roger Grummett became one of the first players in the Gastineau Channel Little League.

Cladouhos helps lead Grinnell
Over fifty runners endured some nasty Saturday morning weather to compete in the 20th running of the Southeast Roadrunners' May Day Mud (and Mountain) Run.

Making the play

Roadrunners have fun in the mud
Over fifty runners endured some nasty Saturday morning weather to compete in the 20th running of the Southeast Roadrunners' May Day Mud (and Mountain) Run.

Sports in Juneau

Cladouhos helps lead Grinnell
Over fifty runners endured some nasty Saturday morning weather to compete in the 20th running of the Southeast Roadrunners' May Day Mud (and Mountain) Run.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Crimson Bear track teams finds delayed success at Skyview
After having their flight delayed and missing the first race of Friday's preliminaries, the Juneau-Douglas High School track teams earned very respectable finishes at the Skyview Invitational Friday and Saturday in Soldotna.

Making the play

Gastineau Channel Little League turns 50-years-old with celebration
When he was 10 years old, Roger Grummett became one of the first players in the Gastineau Channel Little League.

Roadrunners have fun in the mud
Over fifty runners endured some nasty Saturday morning weather to compete in the 20th running of the Southeast Roadrunners' May Day Mud (and Mountain) Run.

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