Friday, May 4, 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.

Weekend Best Bets
May is packed with entertainment and arts events. This week there are concerts, workshops and art exhibits; later we'll have new plays, new exhibits at local museums, visiting authors and artists and Juneau Jazz and Classics.

Thank you

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Migratory Bird Day programs planned
Saturday, May 12, is International Migratory Bird Day. Festivities in Juneau and throughout America will celebrate the beauty and diversity of these harbingers of spring.

City museum celebrates turning 25
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum welcomes 2001 with the celebration of a double anniversary. The city museum has turned 25, and the Veterans Memorial Building where the museum is housed turns 50.

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FYI

City museum celebrates turning 25
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum welcomes 2001 with the celebration of a double anniversary. The city museum has turned 25, and the Veterans Memorial Building where the museum is housed turns 50.

Obituaries

Obituaries

Thank you

Around Town

Around Town

Around Town

Weekend Best Bets
May is packed with entertainment and arts events. This week there are concerts, workshops and art exhibits; later we'll have new plays, new exhibits at local museums, visiting authors and artists and Juneau Jazz and Classics.

Migratory Bird Day programs planned
Saturday, May 12, is International Migratory Bird Day. Festivities in Juneau and throughout America will celebrate the beauty and diversity of these harbingers of spring.

Around Town

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.

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.

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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.

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Calendar

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.

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.

Calendar

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.

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.

Feds keep ban on new roads
The federal government today upheld a rule that bans road-building and logging on some national forest land as officials work on revisions. What the decision means to Alaska's forests is not yet clear.

Feds keep ban on new roads
The federal government today upheld a rule that bans road-building and logging on some national forest land as officials work on revisions. What the decision means to Alaska's forests is not yet clear.

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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...

Correction
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44 pink slips issued to cut 14 teachers
The Juneau School District has told 44 teachers they won't be retained, but it intends to offer many of them contracts for next school year.

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.

Sealaska staff cuts reflect new business plan
This week's layoff of a dozen Sealaska Corp. employees is part of a 10 percent staff reduction resulting from company losses and changes in business strategy, its board chairman said.

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.

UAS graduation on Sunday
The University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus will hold its commencement exercises for the Class of 2001 starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall.

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.

Legislature 2001: Veto bait out of schools bill
Juneau schools would receive an extra $547,000 a year under a compromise school-funding bill that has emerged in the Senate.

Correction
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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.

Chapel by the Lake celebrates 50 years
After 3,000 sermons, 640 baptisms and 900 weddings, the parishioners of Chapel by the Lake are celebrating their 50th anniversary May 6.

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.

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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.

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

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.

Chapel by the Lake celebrates 50 years
After 3,000 sermons, 640 baptisms and 900 weddings, the parishioners of Chapel by the Lake are celebrating their 50th anniversary May 6.

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

Legislature 2001: Veto bait out of schools bill
Juneau schools would receive an extra $547,000 a year under a compromise school-funding bill that has emerged in the Senate.

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

UAS graduation on Sunday
The University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus will hold its commencement exercises for the Class of 2001 starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall.

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.

Sealaska staff cuts reflect new business plan
This week's layoff of a dozen Sealaska Corp. employees is part of a 10 percent staff reduction resulting from company losses and changes in business strategy, its board chairman said.

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.

44 pink slips issued to cut 14 teachers
The Juneau School District has told 44 teachers they won't be retained, but it intends to offer many of them contracts for next school year.

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Juneau Color: Getting the degree to go with the discipline
It's fitting that Ernestine Hayes will be one of three student speakers at the University of Alaska Southeast commencement Sunday.

Fire destroys 2 apartments
Half of a Mendenhall Valley apartment building was damaged, but no one was hurt in a fire Thursday night.

Fire destroys 2 apartments
Half of a Mendenhall Valley apartment building was damaged, but no one was hurt in a fire Thursday night.

Juneau Color: Getting the degree to go with the discipline
It's fitting that Ernestine Hayes will be one of three student speakers at the University of Alaska Southeast commencement Sunday.

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

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.

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.

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.

Discharges should meet all safety standards
A cruise ship pollution bill has finally steamed passed the House, manned with remarkable bipartisan support despite the best efforts of a formidable industry lobby.

Never too late for justice
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: The conviction this week in Birmingham, Ala., of Thomas E. Blanton Jr. on four counts of murder came very late. Blanton was convicted of killing four girls in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church back in 1963.

Proposed solutions for flightseeing goals
Juneau's flightseeing operators have worked long and hard over the past year to make Juneau's skies as quiet as possible this summer. To their credit, the Assembly's Planning and Policy Committee and city staff have tried to leave no stones unturned in their efforts to address these issues. Operators appreciate the Assembly's support of the "Best Management Practices" adopted Monday night and - contrary to the statements of some - flightseeing operators also believe that more can and should be done.

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.

Solutions for local traffic flow require political will
The State Department of Transportation appears to be on its way to speedily turning Egan Expressway into a full-fledged freeway. I find that extremely interesting, in view of an article appearing in Forbes magazine two weeks ago describing BP-Amoco's ocean search for oil as occurring in the "waning years of the petroleum era."

Act on alcohol tax
I am a "responsible drinker," and I believe paying a dime a drink is more than reasonable "to pay for the misdeeds of a few." A dime a drink will not change my drinking habits, or where I purchase my alcohol. Claiming the proposed excise tax as a 300 percent increase is extremely misleading, making it sound as though it would cost someone more than a fair amount of money.

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.

Support efficiency
The Bush administration energy policy, as formulated by Vice President Cheney, contains few surprises. It calls for more oil drilling, coal mining and nuclear power plants, but leaves out any meaningful conservation measures. It is already being used to rationalize opening up our roadless areas, monuments and wildlife refuges to more resource extraction.

Never too late for justice
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: The conviction this week in Birmingham, Ala., of Thomas E. Blanton Jr. on four counts of murder came very late. Blanton was convicted of killing four girls in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church back in 1963.

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.

Support efficiency
The Bush administration energy policy, as formulated by Vice President Cheney, contains few surprises. It calls for more oil drilling, coal mining and nuclear power plants, but leaves out any meaningful conservation measures. It is already being used to rationalize opening up our roadless areas, monuments and wildlife refuges to more resource extraction.

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

Act on alcohol tax
I am a "responsible drinker," and I believe paying a dime a drink is more than reasonable "to pay for the misdeeds of a few." A dime a drink will not change my drinking habits, or where I purchase my alcohol. Claiming the proposed excise tax as a 300 percent increase is extremely misleading, making it sound as though it would cost someone more than a fair amount of money.

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.

Discharges should meet all safety standards
A cruise ship pollution bill has finally steamed passed the House, manned with remarkable bipartisan support despite the best efforts of a formidable industry lobby.

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.

Proposed solutions for flightseeing goals
Juneau's flightseeing operators have worked long and hard over the past year to make Juneau's skies as quiet as possible this summer. To their credit, the Assembly's Planning and Policy Committee and city staff have tried to leave no stones unturned in their efforts to address these issues. Operators appreciate the Assembly's support of the "Best Management Practices" adopted Monday night and - contrary to the statements of some - flightseeing operators also believe that more can and should be done.

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.

Solutions for local traffic flow require political will
The State Department of Transportation appears to be on its way to speedily turning Egan Expressway into a full-fledged freeway. I find that extremely interesting, in view of an article appearing in Forbes magazine two weeks ago describing BP-Amoco's ocean search for oil as occurring in the "waning years of the petroleum era."

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?

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Juneau boys, girls sweep Bartlett in soccer snowstorm
Even though it was snowing in Anchorage, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams both claimed shutout victories over the Bartlett Golden Bears Thursday night at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Juneau splits in Sitka
Brett Fairchild threw a six-hitter and struck out 10 batters as the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team claimed a 5-3 victory over the Ketchikan Kings in the first game of a doubleheader in Sitka on Thursday.

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.

Local Scoreboard

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.

Local Sports briefs

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

Juneau boys, girls sweep Bartlett in soccer snowstorm
Even though it was snowing in Anchorage, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams both claimed shutout victories over the Bartlett Golden Bears Thursday night at Anchorage Football Stadium.

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.

Juneau splits in Sitka
Brett Fairchild threw a six-hitter and struck out 10 batters as the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team claimed a 5-3 victory over the Ketchikan Kings in the first game of a doubleheader in Sitka on Thursday.

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

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

Local Scoreboard

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.

Local Sports briefs

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

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