Thursday, May 3, 2001

Sealaska cuts 12 staffers
Sealaska Corp. laid off 12 people this week in an effort to reduce staff.

Sealaska cuts 12 staffers
Sealaska Corp. laid off 12 people this week in an effort to reduce staff.

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.

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.

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Memorial notice

Memorial notice

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.

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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.

Weddings

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.

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.

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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.

Briefly

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.

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Weddings

Thank you

Thank you

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.

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Pet of the week

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.

Pet of the week

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Pianist, 14, wins symphony contest
Fourteen-year-old pianist Daniel Wallen Gruenberg won the Juneau Symphony's 2001 Youth Concerto Competition held Sunday at the University of Alaska Southeast.

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Ballerina nuns and a dancing chess piece
From "The Sound of Music" to the music of tap-dancing, Juneau Dance Unlimited presents a variety show of dance styles Saturday afternoon.

Calendar

Putting familiar scenes into a different light
Light-dappled devil's club, wet stones and Juneau homes in evening sun - the scenes and subjects may be familiar, but Juneau painter Sue Kraft presents them in a different light.

Italian Opera and French Romantic poetry for spring
Opera to Go is back with a musical celebration of spring.

Italian Opera and French Romantic poetry for spring
Opera to Go is back with a musical celebration of spring.

Pianist, 14, wins symphony contest
Fourteen-year-old pianist Daniel Wallen Gruenberg won the Juneau Symphony's 2001 Youth Concerto Competition held Sunday at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Putting familiar scenes into a different light
Light-dappled devil's club, wet stones and Juneau homes in evening sun - the scenes and subjects may be familiar, but Juneau painter Sue Kraft presents them in a different light.

Ballerina nuns and a dancing chess piece
From "The Sound of Music" to the music of tap-dancing, Juneau Dance Unlimited presents a variety show of dance styles Saturday afternoon.

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

Second SE fast ferry hits funding roadblock
Concerned about a possible "end run around the Constitution," Republican senators Wednesday held up a transportation bill that would provide another fast ferry in Southeast.

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

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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.

City to help SEARHC get better financing for new health clinic
The Juneau Assembly's Finance Committee on Wednesday unanimously agreed to work with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to provide bond assistance for a new Juneau clinic.

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.

Multi-ballot primary eyed
Republicans in the Legislature might require separate party ballots in the state's primary election.

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.

Replacing 50 years of memories
While longtime Juneau residents Jean and George Rogers were vacationing in San Francisco two weeks ago, their house on Evergreen Avenue burned down.

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.

Mandate to teach gifted students restored
The state requirement that school districts identify gifted and talented students and provide special programs for them was restored in a special education bill approved by the House Finance Committee on Wednesday.

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.

Legislature 2001: GOP push on to halt abortions
Sen. Pete Kelly has found another weapon in his fight to stop state funding of elective abortions for poor women.

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.

Football legend Rocky Bleier: Lessons in doing the impossible
Rocky Bleier wasn't the biggest or the fastest running back to play in the NFL, but he was an incredibly determined athlete.

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.

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

Briefly

Second SE fast ferry hits funding roadblock
Concerned about a possible "end run around the Constitution," Republican senators Wednesday held up a transportation bill that would provide another fast ferry in Southeast.

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Legislature 2001: GOP push on to halt abortions
Sen. Pete Kelly has found another weapon in his fight to stop state funding of elective abortions for poor women.

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.

Replacing 50 years of memories
While longtime Juneau residents Jean and George Rogers were vacationing in San Francisco two weeks ago, their house on Evergreen Avenue burned down.

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

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 officials and state troopers reported...

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.

Briefly

Football legend Rocky Bleier: Lessons in doing the impossible
Rocky Bleier wasn't the biggest or the fastest running back to play in the NFL, but he was an incredibly determined athlete.

Mandate to teach gifted students restored
The state requirement that school districts identify gifted and talented students and provide special programs for them was restored in a special education bill approved by the House Finance Committee on Wednesday.

City to help SEARHC get better financing for new health clinic
The Juneau Assembly's Finance Committee on Wednesday unanimously agreed to work with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to provide bond assistance for a new Juneau clinic.

Multi-ballot primary eyed
Republicans in the Legislature might require separate party ballots in the state's primary election.

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

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.

Sealaska excuses
At last the shareholders of Sealaska Corporation got a look at the extent of the blundering and mismanagement existing in our board of directors. Fortunately, the board now has an opportunity to, for the sake of common decency, do the right thing - resign. Each and every one of you.

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."

Who should assess your mental health?
Would you like to be involuntarily committed by your marriage counselor?

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.

Contribute to a spiritually nourishing society
Since the end of World War II, our cities and small towns have been slowly dying due to the urban-suburban sprawl made possible by the automobile and supported by short-sighted federal programs. As the urban cores have rotted, our sense of community has suffered correspondingly.

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:

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.

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.

Fixing Social Security
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: President Bush this week appointed a commission to recommend ways to put Social Security on a sound financial footing, even as he celebrated a tax-cut agreement with Congress that will compound the difficulty of the commission's task.

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:

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.

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."

Contribute to a spiritually nourishing society
Since the end of World War II, our cities and small towns have been slowly dying due to the urban-suburban sprawl made possible by the automobile and supported by short-sighted federal programs. As the urban cores have rotted, our sense of community has suffered correspondingly.

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.

Who should assess your mental health?
Would you like to be involuntarily committed by your marriage counselor?

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.

Sealaska excuses
At last the shareholders of Sealaska Corporation got a look at the extent of the blundering and mismanagement existing in our board of directors. Fortunately, the board now has an opportunity to, for the sake of common decency, do the right thing - resign. Each and every one of you.

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.

Fixing Social Security
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: President Bush this week appointed a commission to recommend ways to put Social Security on a sound financial footing, even as he celebrated a tax-cut agreement with Congress that will compound the difficulty of the commission's task.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crimson Bears host Juneau Invite
The Juneau-Douglas High School track teams are off and running with great season starts on the heels of two recent promising performances at the Sitka and Skyview invitational meets.

King salmon arrive just in time for Spring King Derby
Spring is here and so are the king salmon.

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

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.

Juneau rallies past Ketchikan in opener
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team overcame Wednesday's rainy, muddy Sitka weather to win its season-opener 9-8 over Ketchikan, rallying from three runs down in the game's final inning.

Sports in Juneau

Crimson Bears host Juneau Invite
The Juneau-Douglas High School track teams are off and running with great season starts on the heels of two recent promising performances at the Sitka and Skyview invitational meets.

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.

Bears find snowballs, not softballs in Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team wasn't able to play two games scheduled for Wednesday night in Anchorage because of snow and rain.

Sports in Juneau

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.

King salmon arrive just in time for Spring King Derby
Spring is here and so are the king salmon.

Bears find snowballs, not softballs in Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team wasn't able to play two games scheduled for Wednesday night in Anchorage because of snow and rain.

Juneau rallies past Ketchikan in opener
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team overcame Wednesday's rainy, muddy Sitka weather to win its season-opener 9-8 over Ketchikan, rallying from three runs down in the game's final inning.

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