Saturday, May 4, 2002

Undeniable legacy
I was delighted to read the thoughtful, high-minded My Turn contribution of Michael Kron (Empire, May 1), noting from out of state how out of touch with reality so many Alaskans appear to have become.

Zoe's concerns
I live on Thane Road. I have lived in my house since I was 2 months old. I will be 10 years old next week. I hope the city doesn't put a heliport on Thane Road! I love to walk my new puppy Roxie to Sheep Creek beach, but I couldn't if there was a heliport. I couldn't ride my bike or walk to my friends' houses because the road would be too busy to walk on.

Budget survey ready
Did you know that more than half of Juneau's citizens favor using the CBJ "Rainy Day Account" before taxes are raised, and three-fifths favor using the account before city services are cut? Twice as many citizens favor an increase in user fees over increased taxes to fund existing services, while only one-fifth favor a reduction of services.

Local Briefs
Robber sentenced to two years; Mulder to run against Lisa Murkowski

Photo: Day of Prayer
Pastor Steve Olmstead, top left, of Chapel by the Lake, speaks to about 150 people Thursday in front of the Capitol for the annual Day of Prayer observances. After prayers and singing hymns, the day's prayer events continued at Centennial Hall.

Neighbors challenge heliport
A draft long-range tourism plan for Juneau includes recommendations for decreasing downtown congestion, boosting high-value destination travel and improving community-business relations. But an assumption that a heliport will be built in Thane is bringing opposition from neighbors.

Learning the little things about life in America
Rosa Fonseca's American experience is all about the details.How people talk, how they act, how they interact - nothing escapes the eye of Fonseca, an English teacher from Brazil who is studying at the University of Alaska Southeast. Fonseca already is fluent in English, but she's learning how to live and communicate in America.b

Stars for a night: JDHS prom
Spotlights, a long red carpet, trees sparkling with lights, and paparazzi will greet students attending the Juneau-Douglas High School Junior/Senior Prom on Saturday, organizers said.The prom's theme is "Glitter, Glam and Glitz," and the idea is to treat the students like Hollywood celebrities, said Staci Ignell, president of the junior class, which sponsors the prom.

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

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

Juneau man helps rebuild Balkan media
After spending more than two years in Croatia and Bosnia, Charlie Northrip says the newly democratic countries are striving to break a long history of government-controlled media.Northrip, the former head of Juneau's KTOO-FM and TV, left for the Balkans in 1999 to help countries in the region establish reliable, independent print and broadcast media outlets.

FYI
Births

Board OKs hike in fees at harbor
The decision to increase rates at Juneau's harbors for the first time in 15 years has some users worrying it's the beginning of a trend.The Docks and Harbors Board, which establishes fees and rates for public docks and harbors in Juneau, voted unanimously Thursday night to approve higher liveaboard charges, labor rates, and towing, storage and cruise ship lightering fees.

DA to retry accused stabber
Juneau's top prosecutor said Thursday that he would take his chances with another 12 jurors in a second attempt to win an assault conviction against George Shavers, accused of stabbing a friend more than 22 times earlier this year.Shavers, 48, was convicted last week of felony tampering with evidence, a charge that carries a maximum of five years in prison. The jury deadlocked on a felony first-degree assault charge stemming from the Jan. 26 incident.

Photo: Jumpin' event
The Juneau Jumpers team will perform at 7 p.m. today at the Glacier Valley Elementary School Gym

Posey, Kibby wed
Lori Posey and Roger Kibby were married at a private ceremony on March 7.

Rhoden, Dorn marry
Beth Rhoden and Jim Dorn of Juneau were married in a ceremony on March 30, 2002, on South Maluaka Beach in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. A reception followed at The Old Lahaina Luau.

Church's duty is to hear, tell the truth
It is a commitment of the Episcopal Church in Alaska and in the United States that the church will be a safe place; that when you walk through the doors you are in a holy space, a sacred space, a safe space. It should be a place that is safe for our children, our elders, women, men, the abused, the violated, the persecuted, the disenfranchised, the hurting - and even for those who have no particular problem on a given day. In short, it is for everyone.

Neighbors Briefs
Blessing of the fleet set for Saturday; Group to hold education rally; 4-H club to hold its annual tree sale; 2002 charity walk set for May 10

Photo: May Day in Juneau
Harborview Elementary School students Brian O'Sullivon, left, Jack Sherwood, center, and Ariel Lyon, right, wheel around the May Pole on Wednesday along with other fourth and fifth-graders from the school. The event was held at the behest of Adrienne Bosworth, a Harborview student, who wanted to celebrate May Day.

Academic Honors
Adam Duane Orford, son of Michael and Rebecca Orford, is graduating summa cum laude from Arizona State University on May 10, 2002. He has earned a bachelor of arts degree in Italian, with a minor in music. He is also a recipient of the ASU A

Richards, Merrick wed
Kelly Mary-Thomas Richards and Augustine Joseph Merrick II were married on Feb. 16, 2002, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau.

Robert K. Strasser Jr.
Juneau resident Robert King Strasser Jr. died April 30, 2002, in Seattle after being struck by an automobile.

My Turn: Tonnage tax is better than port project partnerships
The dysfunctional nature of Juneau politics is obvious to anyone observing the discussion over whether to rebuild Marine Park. A project worthy of consideration has floundered over financing.

Boys soccer escapes with win
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team turned to a play it calls "Margaret" to claim a 3-2 victory over the East Anchorage Thunderbirds, winning on a goal by Travis Croteau in the game's final minute Thursday night at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Spring King Salmon Derby
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as of 10:22 a.m. on May 2. The rankings include the angler's name,

Juneau softball gets good Service
ANCHORAGE -- In her first high school pitching start, Service freshman Heather Lyons threw five innings of no-hit ball, struck out 13 batters and went 3-for-4 at the plate, driving in a run in the process.

Sports In Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Juneau upends Sitka, 9-4
Dylan Hickey, who had minor surgery on both feet two weeks ago, went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored as the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team claimed a 9-4 victory over the Sitka Wolves on Thursday afternoon at Ketchikan's Norman Walker Field.

Girls soccer ties last year's state champs
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team suffered the first semi-blemish to its unbeaten record on Thursday, as the Crimson Bears tied the defending state champion East Anchorage Thunderbirds 1-1 at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Photo: Arguing for an income tax
Rep. Jim Whitaker, a Fairbanks Republican, center, explains Thursday at the Capitol why his amendment allowing Alaskans' state income tax bill to be deducted from their Alaska Permanent Fund dividend would not eliminate the federal income tax on the dividend.

State Briefs
Fire in Echo Cove area is contained; Alaska history requirement blocked; Guides plead guilty to illegal taking of game; Prince William Sound boater gets lost, found

New plan may close fiscal gap
A House-approved package of $900 million in alcohol and income taxes and permanent fund earnings was dubbed "the good, the bad and the ugly" this morning by Senate President Rick Halford.There might be floor votes in the Senate but there's no chance that a $250 million income tax or the use of more than $600 million in permanent fund earnings will be approved this year, said Halford, a Chugiak Republican, and Senate Finance Co-Chairman Pete Kelly, a Fairbanks Republican.

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