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Monday, May 7, 2001

Around Town

Obituary

Around Town

Obituary

Around Town

Around Town

Obituary

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.

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.

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.

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

House panel OKs funds for lobbyists pushing oil drilling
Arctic Power, the nonprofit group lobbying to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, would receive $2 million under the House Finance Committee version of the state public works budget.

Briefly

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

Man stabs 4 children at Anchorage school
ANCHORAGE - Four children were stabbed in the neck this morning by a man who was later subdued by police at an Anchorage elementary school.

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

Senate may not revive alcohol bill this year
A legislative package on drunken driving has stalled in the state Senate.

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.

Senate backs hate crime bill
State senators approved a bill Sunday that would waive juveniles to adult court if they're charged with committing certain hate crimes. Senators, however, refused to add sexual orientation to the list of factors that could trigger the provision.

Senate may not revive alcohol bill this year
A legislative package on drunken driving has stalled in the state Senate.

Rescue team brings man down from Mt. Roberts
An Anchorage man, 40, stranded during a hike down Mt. Roberts, was rescued about 2 a.m. Sunday - almost eight hours after tumbling to a "very precarious position" on a ledge.

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.

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.

House rejects Senate changes to cancer bill
The House of Representatives, in a stinging 40-0 rebuke to the Senate, has refused to accept a Senate-approved sunset clause in a bill providing coverage for breast and cervical cancer treatment for uninsured women.

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

Senate backs hate crime bill
State senators approved a bill Sunday that would waive juveniles to adult court if they're charged with committing certain hate crimes. Senators, however, refused to add sexual orientation to the list of factors that could trigger the provision.

Legislature 2001: Bill unlinks HESS budget, abortion
The budget for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will not hinge on whether a court forces the agency to pay for elective abortions after all.

Legislature 2001: Bill unlinks HESS budget, abortion
The budget for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will not hinge on whether a court forces the agency to pay for elective abortions after all.

Panel strips funding for JDHS fix-up
A Senate panel has decided Juneau can wait another year for state money to renovate Juneau-Douglas High School.

Panel strips funding for JDHS fix-up
A Senate panel has decided Juneau can wait another year for state money to renovate Juneau-Douglas High School.

Fitness expert pedals to prevent deaths by AIDS
Worldwide, 19 million people have died of AIDS and 34 million are infected, according to a group raising money for research. With African countries such as Botswana reporting a 20 percent infection rate, raising funds to halt the disease has gained new impetus.

House panel OKs funds for lobbyists pushing oil drilling
Arctic Power, the nonprofit group lobbying to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, would receive $2 million under the House Finance Committee version of the state public works budget.

Senate sinks cruise ship bill
A special session of the Legislature on cruise ship pollution now looks likely.

Briefly

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.

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.

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

Senate sinks cruise ship bill
A special session of the Legislature on cruise ship pollution now looks likely.

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.

Man stabs 4 children at Anchorage school
ANCHORAGE - Four children were stabbed in the neck this morning by a man who was later subdued by police at an Anchorage elementary school.

House rejects Senate changes to cancer bill
The House of Representatives, in a stinging 40-0 rebuke to the Senate, has refused to accept a Senate-approved sunset clause in a bill providing coverage for breast and cervical cancer treatment for uninsured women.

Fitness expert pedals to prevent deaths by AIDS
Worldwide, 19 million people have died of AIDS and 34 million are infected, according to a group raising money for research. With African countries such as Botswana reporting a 20 percent infection rate, raising funds to halt the disease has gained new impetus.

Rescue team brings man down from Mt. Roberts
An Anchorage man, 40, stranded during a hike down Mt. Roberts, was rescued about 2 a.m. Sunday - almost eight hours after tumbling to a "very precarious position" on a ledge.

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.

Why argue about cruise ships?
The other day during a discussion about the cruise ship industry, someone asked me why I was so down on the cruisers. My response that I was not totally against the industry was viewed with disbelief, an event that caused some reflection.

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.

Cervical, breast cancer coverage facts
The diagnosis of cancer profoundly affects the involved person physically and emotionally. In addition, family and friends feel the emotional impact of a diagnosis of cancer. For those of us who have been through this experience, any discussion of it is particularly poignant, difficult and emotional.

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

Court-ordered anarchy
The recent action by U.S. District Judge James Singleton in response to an Alaska Loggers Association lawsuit has overturned the Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP), and this curious ruling is guaranteed to keep Southeast Alaska in legal turmoil for years.

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).

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 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.

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.

Alcohol tax hike still makes sense
The following editorial appeared May 4 in the Anchorage Daily News: A decision Wednesday by the House Republican caucus to block any alcohol tax hike this session is abominable on two counts. First, it was made in a private meeting of elected officials with no public scrutiny or input. Second, it was a needless capitulation to the alcohol industry.

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.

Cervical, breast cancer coverage facts
The diagnosis of cancer profoundly affects the involved person physically and emotionally. In addition, family and friends feel the emotional impact of a diagnosis of cancer. For those of us who have been through this experience, any discussion of it is particularly poignant, difficult and emotional.

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 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).

Court-ordered anarchy
The recent action by U.S. District Judge James Singleton in response to an Alaska Loggers Association lawsuit has overturned the Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP), and this curious ruling is guaranteed to keep Southeast Alaska in legal turmoil for years.

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

Why argue about cruise ships?
The other day during a discussion about the cruise ship industry, someone asked me why I was so down on the cruisers. My response that I was not totally against the industry was viewed with disbelief, an event that caused some reflection.

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.

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.

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.

Alcohol tax hike still makes sense
The following editorial appeared May 4 in the Anchorage Daily News: A decision Wednesday by the House Republican caucus to block any alcohol tax hike this session is abominable on two counts. First, it was made in a private meeting of elected officials with no public scrutiny or input. Second, it was a needless capitulation to the alcohol industry.

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.

Local Scoreboard
SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS Here are the leaders of the Fifth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby as of 8:41 a.m. on Friday, May 4. The derby closes at 7 p.m. on May 31, and the top 30 fish will earn cash or merchandise prizes. The standings include the rank, angler's name, weight of the fish, date caught (earliest fish turned in breaks ties) and which of the three weigh stations was used.

Local Scoreboard
SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS Here are the leaders of the Fifth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby as of 8:41 a.m. on Friday, May 4. The derby closes at 7 p.m. on May 31, and the top 30 fish will earn cash or merchandise prizes. The standings include the rank, angler's name, weight of the fish, date caught (earliest fish turned in breaks ties) and which of the three weigh stations was used.

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

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.

Crimson Bears go 4-1 on trip
C.

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