Wednesday, May 2, 2001

Companies offer shorter Southeast cruises
ANCHORAGE - Two cruise lines operating in Alaska are planning shorter Northwest and Inside Passage voyages this season.

Courting catamaran customers
Glen Jacobson maneuvered the Fjordland into the Auke Bay harbor last week, dropping off Haines High School students, teachers and chaperones for the Southeast Alaska Music Festival.

Companies offer shorter Southeast cruises
ANCHORAGE - Two cruise lines operating in Alaska are planning shorter Northwest and Inside Passage voyages this season.

Courting catamaran customers
Glen Jacobson maneuvered the Fjordland into the Auke Bay harbor last week, dropping off Haines High School students, teachers and chaperones for the Southeast Alaska Music Festival.

In the Tank

Business Profile

In the Tank

Business Profile

Bank, students weigh in with pennies
For the fourth year in a row, the CHOICE program at Juneau-Douglas High School has teamed up with Alaska Pacific Bank to help others. In its annual "Pounds of Pennies" drive, students in the 95-member program pool their pennies and are matched by the bank to assist a charitable organization.

Diabetes awareness highlighted on postal stamp
About 16 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and about a third of them are unaware they have this chronic disease.

Weddings

Pet of the week

Around Town

Bank, students weigh in with pennies
For the fourth year in a row, the CHOICE program at Juneau-Douglas High School has teamed up with Alaska Pacific Bank to help others. In its annual "Pounds of Pennies" drive, students in the 95-member program pool their pennies and are matched by the bank to assist a charitable organization.

Services geared to seniors are growing
Juneau offers a whole range of services for senior citizens and their families, from hot meals and transportation to respite, personal care and assisted living. As the senior population grows, new service organizations crop up and new types of services become available.

Memorial notice

Briefly

Ask yourself: What if you couldn't garden?
Last Saturday my friend pulled into the nursery, her car filled with small primroses in plastic bags. She had been at a sale and the lady had been selling her garden. She was 80 years old and could no longer weed and cultivate her beds. The story was delivered in somber tones and we all paused in our rush to reflect.

Services geared to seniors are growing
Juneau offers a whole range of services for senior citizens and their families, from hot meals and transportation to respite, personal care and assisted living. As the senior population grows, new service organizations crop up and new types of services become available.

Tlingit-Haida, IBEW help to get Boys and Girls van rolling
With generous donations from Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority and International Brotherhood of the Electrical Workers #1574, the Boys and Girls Club of Juneau purchased a 15-passenger van early this year in order to offer members safe and reliable transportation to the club after school.

Ask yourself: What if you couldn't garden?
Last Saturday my friend pulled into the nursery, her car filled with small primroses in plastic bags. She had been at a sale and the lady had been selling her garden. She was 80 years old and could no longer weed and cultivate her beds. The story was delivered in somber tones and we all paused in our rush to reflect.

Diabetes awareness highlighted on postal stamp
About 16 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and about a third of them are unaware they have this chronic disease.

Pet of the week

Briefly

Thank you

Thank you

Around Town

Weddings

Briefly

Obituary

Tlingit-Haida, IBEW help to get Boys and Girls van rolling
With generous donations from Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority and International Brotherhood of the Electrical Workers #1574, the Boys and Girls Club of Juneau purchased a 15-passenger van early this year in order to offer members safe and reliable transportation to the club after school.

Around Town

Obituary

Briefly

Around Town

Memorial notice

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

Dems' plea for fast ferries trounced by Republicans
Senate Democrats fought to add money to the state public-works budget Monday but got a tongue-lashing instead from Republicans opposed to funding more fast ferries.

Senate measure supports new armory for Juneau
The Senate has approved a resolution in support of a new National Guard armory in Juneau.

Principal's pig kiss rewards reading
Harborview Elementary Principal Bob Dye wanted to kiss the pig, but no one asked the pig first.

State drops unpopular Egan plan
Budget writers in the state Senate have approved $9 million to ease congestion at the 10th Street and Egan Drive intersection, but the money likely won't go toward a controversial plan recently pushed by state engineers.

Cruise pollution bill passes House
In a historic breakthrough Tuesday evening, the Alaska House approved what is believed to be the first regulation on the discharge of cruise ship graywater ever adopted anywhere.

State drops unpopular Egan plan
Budget writers in the state Senate have approved $9 million to ease congestion at the 10th Street and Egan Drive intersection, but the money likely won't go toward a controversial plan recently pushed by state engineers.

Cancer bill goes forward
A bill that would pay for breast and cervical cancer treatment for some women who lack insurance was advanced from a Senate committee Monday with two changes: a provision to end the program after two years, and a requirement for a study to determine if the cancers could be prevented with behavioral changes.

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

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Shaving for solidarity
Bryn Nelson couldn't stop laughing when three co-workers from Auke Bay Elementary School showed up at a downtown restaurant with shaved heads.

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

Tolerance group targets racism
Gov. Tony Knowles named 14 Alaska Native, ethnic and religious leaders to a new Governor's Commission on Tolerance on Tuesday.

Legislature 2001: Alcohol tax measure faces opposition
Three hours of public testimony Tuesday was enough to reinforce what Rep. Bill Williams already believed: That a bill to raise the excise tax on alcohol 300 percent goes too far.

Cancer bill goes forward
A bill that would pay for breast and cervical cancer treatment for some women who lack insurance was advanced from a Senate committee Monday with two changes: a provision to end the program after two years, and a requirement for a study to determine if the cancers could be prevented with behavioral changes.

First big ship greeted by friends, critics
Some of Juneau's first cruise ship passengers were greeted by balloons, cheers and requests to support ship discharge regulations at the downtown dock Tuesday.

Senate measure supports new armory for Juneau
The Senate has approved a resolution in support of a new National Guard armory in Juneau.

Tolerance group targets racism
Gov. Tony Knowles named 14 Alaska Native, ethnic and religious leaders to a new Governor's Commission on Tolerance on Tuesday.

Backlash over ship bill spurs negotiations
The cruise ship debate headed toward a climax late this morning as the Knowles administration continued negotiating with the industry and as Rep. Eldon Mulder said he would back off some of the elements of the bill he introduced last week.

Principal's pig kiss rewards reading
Harborview Elementary Principal Bob Dye wanted to kiss the pig, but no one asked the pig first.

Briefly

First big ship greeted by friends, critics
Some of Juneau's first cruise ship passengers were greeted by balloons, cheers and requests to support ship discharge regulations at the downtown dock Tuesday.

Assembly OKs agreement on flightseeing
Flightseeing operators told the Juneau Assembly on Monday night that they are making progress in addressing aircraft noise concerns, while residents countered that the companies and the city aren't doing nearly enough.

Cruise pollution bill passes House
In a historic breakthrough Tuesday evening, the Alaska House approved what is believed to be the first regulation on the discharge of cruise ship graywater ever adopted anywhere.

Downtown turnaround brings new traffic rules
A new teardrop-shaped traffic turnaround in downtown Juneau brings a new set of traffic rules, according to Rorie Watt of the city's engineering department.

Briefly

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

Dems' plea for fast ferries trounced by Republicans
Senate Democrats fought to add money to the state public-works budget Monday but got a tongue-lashing instead from Republicans opposed to funding more fast ferries.

Legislature 2001: Alcohol tax measure faces opposition
Three hours of public testimony Tuesday was enough to reinforce what Rep. Bill Williams already believed: That a bill to raise the excise tax on alcohol 300 percent goes too far.

Assembly OKs agreement on flightseeing
Flightseeing operators told the Juneau Assembly on Monday night that they are making progress in addressing aircraft noise concerns, while residents countered that the companies and the city aren't doing nearly enough.

Briefly

Shaving for solidarity
Bryn Nelson couldn't stop laughing when three co-workers from Auke Bay Elementary School showed up at a downtown restaurant with shaved heads.

Downtown turnaround brings new traffic rules
A new teardrop-shaped traffic turnaround in downtown Juneau brings a new set of traffic rules, according to Rorie Watt of the city's engineering department.

Backlash over ship bill spurs negotiations
The cruise ship debate headed toward a climax late this morning as the Knowles administration continued negotiating with the industry and as Rep. Eldon Mulder said he would back off some of the elements of the bill he introduced last week.

What will standardized tests measure?
When local school children are given standardized tests, and schools are rated according to averages of scores received by the range of students in attendance, who is really being measured? A. Parents. B. The students who are tested. C. Teachers. D. The entire community.

Quality coverage
I just wanted to pass along my appreciation for the efforts of Eric Fry. In his quest to cover the story on school ranking, he interviewed me and used some of what I said in his article.

What will standardized tests measure?
When local school children are given standardized tests, and schools are rated according to averages of scores received by the range of students in attendance, who is really being measured? A. Parents. B. The students who are tested. C. Teachers. D. The entire community.

Recognizing quality work by good people
I'd say I'm flushed with pride, but somebody already used that phrase as the title of a book I once owned. My pride swells in consideration of what happened in Anchorage a couple of weekends ago when the Empire received five first-place awards in statewide competition sponsored by the Alaska Press Club. Here's the rundown:

Sudden compromise on cruise ship bill pays off
Confused by the latest legislative attempts to regulate the cruise industry in Alaska waters? The issue last week became entangled in competing bills offered by members of different political parties. The proposed measures either went too far or not far enough, or were not a hairbreadth's different or miles apart, depending on the source of the comments.

A decisive Assembly should 'just do it'
In reading, speaking and e-mailing with Juneauites lately, it has become increasingly evident may residents are not happy with the inaction of the City Assembly. Please allow me to relate my experience - one others may have known.

Environmental tin ear
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: The Bush administration's problem with the environment may be that President Bush and his advisers just don't know how much Americans care about their air, water and other natural resources.

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.

Bear-proof garbage
Spring has sprung regardless of what our thermometers are telling us. The bears will be emerging from their dens soon, if they haven't already. It is only a matter of days before we start seeing them in our neighborhoods, looking for an easy meal. This could lead to a repeat of last year with many bear killings. I had hoped it wouldn't be like this.

Photographic legacy
I very much appreciated the excellent story by Ann Chandonnet (Empire, April 29) about the late Vincent Isturis. I grew up with his children and my first memories of Mr. Isturis were when he would take the annual class photographs at St. Ann's Parochial School.

Solving traffic woes
In response to Mr. Milt Barker's April 29 My Turn column, I agree that encouraging people to carpool, walk, ride the bus and bike to work could improve the quality of life in Juneau. I also believe, however, that even if we are successful in getting more people not to drive alone to work, we will fall short of solving Juneau's traffic problems.

Solving traffic woes
In response to Mr. Milt Barker's April 29 My Turn column, I agree that encouraging people to carpool, walk, ride the bus and bike to work could improve the quality of life in Juneau. I also believe, however, that even if we are successful in getting more people not to drive alone to work, we will fall short of solving Juneau's traffic problems.

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 which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Political games
The governor's complaint about the Legislature's inactivity regarding the hate-crime bills is a classic example of the "pot calling the kettle black."

Oil production has environmental benefits
Kwame Diehl needed some historical perspective and balance when he discussed his view of the role of petroleum in the world and the development of the 1002 area of ANWR in his recent My Turn in the Empire.

Sudden compromise on cruise ship bill pays off
Confused by the latest legislative attempts to regulate the cruise industry in Alaska waters? The issue last week became entangled in competing bills offered by members of different political parties. The proposed measures either went too far or not far enough, or were not a hairbreadth's different or miles apart, depending on the source of the comments.

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 which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Recognizing quality work by good people
I'd say I'm flushed with pride, but somebody already used that phrase as the title of a book I once owned. My pride swells in consideration of what happened in Anchorage a couple of weekends ago when the Empire received five first-place awards in statewide competition sponsored by the Alaska Press Club. Here's the rundown:

Oil production has environmental benefits
Kwame Diehl needed some historical perspective and balance when he discussed his view of the role of petroleum in the world and the development of the 1002 area of ANWR in his recent My Turn in the Empire.

Quality coverage
I just wanted to pass along my appreciation for the efforts of Eric Fry. In his quest to cover the story on school ranking, he interviewed me and used some of what I said in his article.

Environmental tin ear
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: The Bush administration's problem with the environment may be that President Bush and his advisers just don't know how much Americans care about their air, water and other natural resources.

Political games
The governor's complaint about the Legislature's inactivity regarding the hate-crime bills is a classic example of the "pot calling the kettle black."

Photographic legacy
I very much appreciated the excellent story by Ann Chandonnet (Empire, April 29) about the late Vincent Isturis. I grew up with his children and my first memories of Mr. Isturis were when he would take the annual class photographs at St. Ann's Parochial School.

A decisive Assembly should 'just do it'
In reading, speaking and e-mailing with Juneauites lately, it has become increasingly evident may residents are not happy with the inaction of the City Assembly. Please allow me to relate my experience - one others may have known.

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.

Bear-proof garbage
Spring has sprung regardless of what our thermometers are telling us. The bears will be emerging from their dens soon, if they haven't already. It is only a matter of days before we start seeing them in our neighborhoods, looking for an easy meal. This could lead to a repeat of last year with many bear killings. I had hoped it wouldn't be like this.

Juneau baseball team ready to play ball
The 2001 high school baseball season finally begins today for the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears when they take on Ketchikan in the first of five games to be played in Sitka throughout the next four days.

Sports in Juneau

Montana town honors Iditarod winner
LINCOLN, Mont. -- Lincoln residents celebrated Doug Swingley's fourth Iditarod title Saturday with a community gathering.

Crimson Bear boys earn regional ranking
Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer coach Gary Lehnhart had heard about it, but it wasn't until he found the rankings on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Web site that he knew it was true.

Gasper learned expensive lesson
Jason Gasper thought he was prepared when he went fishing last May and hooked into a 53-pound king salmon as he trolled near the False Outer Point rocks.

Softball team seeks Northern Exposure
After cruising against the other Southeast teams, the undefeated Juneau-Douglas High School softball team will face some new challenges when it heads north to Anchorage and Palmer for eight games this weekend.

Sports in Juneau

Juneau baseball team ready to play ball
The 2001 high school baseball season finally begins today for the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears when they take on Ketchikan in the first of five games to be played in Sitka throughout the next four days.

Gasper learned expensive lesson
Jason Gasper thought he was prepared when he went fishing last May and hooked into a 53-pound king salmon as he trolled near the False Outer Point rocks.

Sports in Juneau

Montana town honors Iditarod winner
LINCOLN, Mont. -- Lincoln residents celebrated Doug Swingley's fourth Iditarod title Saturday with a community gathering.

Crimson Bear boys earn regional ranking
Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer coach Gary Lehnhart had heard about it, but it wasn't until he found the rankings on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Web site that he knew it was true.

Sports in Juneau

Softball team seeks Northern Exposure
After cruising against the other Southeast teams, the undefeated Juneau-Douglas High School softball team will face some new challenges when it heads north to Anchorage and Palmer for eight games this weekend.

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