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Sunday, May 6, 2001

Obituary

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Around Town

Obituary

Behind the scenes on the Taku
The state ferry Taku slows down as it passes Kasaan Bay on the way from Hollis to Wrangell. As the passengers on board relax, the 41 people who work on the ship are well into an average day on the job.

Who does what on the state ferry
W hile a state ferry's engines power a voyage, the crew members on board keep the operation running.

Behind the scenes on the Taku
The state ferry Taku slows down as it passes Kasaan Bay on the way from Hollis to Wrangell. As the passengers on board relax, the 41 people who work on the ship are well into an average day on the job.

Who does what on the state ferry
W hile a state ferry's engines power a voyage, the crew members on board keep the operation running.

NEA grants fund Alaska art projects
Juneau artists and arts groups will benefit from federal grants to Alaska from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

Cancer biggest killer in Yukon-Kuskokwim area
BETHEL -- Cancer beat injuries as the leading cause of death in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in 1997, according to a recent regional tobacco control conference.

Blessing of the Fleet looks to the past and future
A fleet of 11 boats paraded by the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in Juneau Saturday morning.

Banjo player back at center stage
After banjo player and retired teacher George Trani suffered a brain aneurysm last Sept. 25, doctors thought he'd never walk or talk again. Now he can order sandwiches at restaurants, climb stairs and play bluegrass.

NEA grants fund Alaska art projects
Juneau artists and arts groups will benefit from federal grants to Alaska from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Workshops focus on local history
Summer tour guides sometimes know so little about the area they're touting that they make up their spiels.

Legislature set for last-minute rush
With the Alaska Legislature scheduled for adjournment Tuesday, a logjam of legislation is expected to break any time.

Briefly

Cancer biggest killer in Yukon-Kuskokwim area
BETHEL -- Cancer beat injuries as the leading cause of death in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in 1997, according to a recent regional tobacco control conference.

Blessing of the Fleet looks to the past and future
A fleet of 11 boats paraded by the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in Juneau Saturday morning.

Workshops focus on local history
Summer tour guides sometimes know so little about the area they're touting that they make up their spiels.

Legislature set for last-minute rush
With the Alaska Legislature scheduled for adjournment Tuesday, a logjam of legislation is expected to break any time.

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

Briefly

Banjo player back at center stage
After banjo player and retired teacher George Trani suffered a brain aneurysm last Sept. 25, doctors thought he'd never walk or talk again. Now he can order sandwiches at restaurants, climb stairs and play bluegrass.

Inflation-proofing the Alaska Permanent Fund
The trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund are proposing a constitutional change for the purpose of protecting the fund against inflation. Any time there is discussion about changes to the fund, Alaskans wonder about their dividends - the relationship between the size of recent dividends vs. the size of future dividends. And when they hear certain words or phrases, such as "limit the annual payout," they may become wary of the proposed changes.

Is the meaning of the Pledge understood?
I wish to share a concern with the community over the observance of the Pledge of Allegiance in the schools. I often substitute in Juneau schools and have had many opportunities to observe student participation in the Pledge, which happens first thing in the morning on a daily basis. From what I've seen, the higher up the grade, the less students bother participating, or even standing. By high school, in some classes, it seems more the exception that students stand to observe the Pledge of Allegiance, much less recite it.

On guard for Southeast
I want to thank Juneau's Sen. Kim Elton for sponsoring a Senate resolution asking Congress to fund a new armory for Juneau (Empire, May 1).

Too easy to criticize
The recent diatribe from Rosalee Walker regarding Gov. Tony Knowles' effort to ensure the passage of hate-crime legislation was inaccurate and disappointing.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. It 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.

On guard for Southeast
I want to thank Juneau's Sen. Kim Elton for sponsoring a Senate resolution asking Congress to fund a new armory for Juneau (Empire, May 1).

Too easy to criticize
The recent diatribe from Rosalee Walker regarding Gov. Tony Knowles' effort to ensure the passage of hate-crime legislation was inaccurate and disappointing.

Observations as adjournment nears
Cindy Cashen of Juneau has found her first session as a citizen lobbyist to be a mixed bag.

Inflation-proofing the Alaska Permanent Fund
The trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund are proposing a constitutional change for the purpose of protecting the fund against inflation. Any time there is discussion about changes to the fund, Alaskans wonder about their dividends - the relationship between the size of recent dividends vs. the size of future dividends. And when they hear certain words or phrases, such as "limit the annual payout," they may become wary of the proposed changes.

Is the meaning of the Pledge understood?
I wish to share a concern with the community over the observance of the Pledge of Allegiance in the schools. I often substitute in Juneau schools and have had many opportunities to observe student participation in the Pledge, which happens first thing in the morning on a daily basis. From what I've seen, the higher up the grade, the less students bother participating, or even standing. By high school, in some classes, it seems more the exception that students stand to observe the Pledge of Allegiance, much less recite it.

The average Alaskan is . . . fortunately, not in charge
It happened again. I was discussing history and current events with some visitors and one asked me what the average Alaskan thinks about a couple of the issues. Pleased that the asker cared what Alaskans think about national issues, I was reluctant to report that, unfortunately, to date, no three Alaskans have ever registered opinions similar enough to apply the formula to find an average. It would be like trying to average apples, oranges and Spam.

The average Alaskan is . . . fortunately, not in charge
It happened again. I was discussing history and current events with some visitors and one asked me what the average Alaskan thinks about a couple of the issues. Pleased that the asker cared what Alaskans think about national issues, I was reluctant to report that, unfortunately, to date, no three Alaskans have ever registered opinions similar enough to apply the formula to find an average. It would be like trying to average apples, oranges and Spam.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. It 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.

Observations as adjournment nears
Cindy Cashen of Juneau has found her first session as a citizen lobbyist to be a mixed bag.

Crimson Bears go 4-1 on trip
C.

Sports in Juneau

Bears sweep Juneau Invite
Juneau's Adrianna Rodriguez bears the name "Ace" on her crimson warm-up jacket, and Saturday Rodriguez showed why her friends gave her that nickname by winning two individual races and anchoring two winning relay teams at the Juneau Invitational track meet at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track.

Sports in Juneau

Juneau boys beat Colony 5-1 in state final rematch
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team avenged its loss to the Colony Knights in last year's inaugural state championship game by claiming a 5-1 victory over the Knights early Saturday morning at the Anchorage Football Stadium.

Juneau boys beat Colony 5-1 in state final rematch
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team avenged its loss to the Colony Knights in last year's inaugural state championship game by claiming a 5-1 victory over the Knights early Saturday morning at the Anchorage Football Stadium.

Crimson Bears go 4-1 on trip
C.

Bears sweep Juneau Invite
Juneau's Adrianna Rodriguez bears the name "Ace" on her crimson warm-up jacket, and Saturday Rodriguez showed why her friends gave her that nickname by winning two individual races and anchoring two winning relay teams at the Juneau Invitational track meet at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track.

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